If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Taylor Pendrith had just battled through a two-month long Stanley Cup Playoff run when listening to him list off the injuries he’s sustained over the last two years.
He had an ongoing issue with his wrist.
He partially tore a tendon in his arm.
He tore a muscle in his palm, an obscure injury that he says none of the physiotherapists he went to had seen before.
It’s not surprising that Pendrith, with a multi-sport background himself, could play through a plethora of pain. But once it got to the point that he was scared to hit the ground with a golf club, it was time to shut it down.
“I was telling myself that the injury wasn’t affecting my golf, but it probably was,” Pendrith admitted. “I missed a bunch of cuts in a row and when I watched my swing at impact my hands were the opposite way of what they should have been.”
But Pendrith said he hasn’t let the health setbacks impact him emotionally.
He was bored, more than anything, for the four months between the first stage of Q-School last year until mid-February of this year when he was advised to rest up.
Though he’s embraced what’s happened to him, and said he’ll probably laugh about it in the coming years. Now he has returned to the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada for 2018 – a place where he’s had a ton of success in the past – with a fresh outlook and more confidence than he’s ever had.
“I’m back playing in Canada and I’m comfortable here and it’s like starting over,” Pendrith said. “I’m going to learn every week, try to compete, and learn how to win out here. I’ve been close a few times in Canada before so I think it will just make me better.”
The 27-year-old burst onto the scene a few years ago as an amateur at the 2014 RBC Canadian Open, where he was just one-stroke back of the lead after the first round. He led the field in driving distance that day by 14 yards while averaging ball speeds of up to 185 miles per hour (which would have put him tops on the PGA TOUR).