Abbotsford's Nick Taylor first Canadian-born player to win PGA Tour event since 2007
Taylor wins Sanderson Farms Championship by two strokes, shooting a final round 66
Abbotsford, B.C.'s Nick Taylor has become the first Canadian to win a PGA championship since Mike Weir did so in 2007.
The 26-year-old, in just his 13th career start on the PGA Tour, shot a final round 66 at the Sanderson Farms Championship to finish at 16-under-par, winning the championship by two strokes ahead of Boo Weekley and Jason Bohn.
Taylor was interviewed by the Golf Channel's RichBeem right after his win.
"What I find extraordinarily fascinating about this story is you had to play well this summer just to get into theWeb.com Tour finals and then shoot 63 the final day of the final tournament just to get your tour card," said Beem. "You just gotta be on Cloud 100 right now."
“It’s been a whirlwind of a summer," replied Taylor.
"You know, six months ago I was struggling, kinda kept at it and kinda got hot, putter started cooperating and today I putted unbelievable and the first two days I did too so yeah, it’s pretty surreal. I’m shocked, but I’m certainly happy about it."
Taylor ends lengthy Canadian title drought
Taylor earned US$720,000 for his first career PGA victory.
It's the first time a Canadian-born player has won the tournament since Oct. 21, 2007, when Mike Weir won the Fry's Electronics Open.
Stephen Ames, who represented Canada on the PGA Tour but was born in Trinidad and Tobago, won the Children's Miracle Network Classic on Nov. 15, 2009.
Taylor was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but grew up in Abbotsford, B.C. He graduated from the University of Washington and won the 2007 Canadian Amateur Championship.
In 2008, Taylor qualified for the U.S. Open but missed the cut by three strokes.
With files from the Canadian Press