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Nick Taylor Edges Tommy Fleetwood to Win Canadian Open

Nick Taylor Edges Tommy Fleetwood to Win Canadian Open
(The Canadian Press/Alamy)

Nick Taylor defeated Tommy Fleetwood in stunning fashion in a play-off to earn a dramatic victory at the RBC Canadian Open.

The 35-year-old Canadian mounted an impressive comeback, erasing a three-stroke gap on an exhilarating last day at Oakdale Golf & Country Club, to hit a six-under 66.

Fleetwood missed the chance to earn his first PGA TOUR triumph after not being able to hit birdie on the final hole in regulation.

The first three play-off holes saw both golfers match each other with both hitting a birdie on the first play-off hole and both making pars on the next two. However, on the fourth play-off hole, Taylor made a remarkable 72-foot putt on the 18th to secure his third career victory on the PGA TOUR.

“I can’t even describe it,” Taylor said. “This is the most incredible feeling. The fans were unbelievable all day. Every green, every tee box I was getting ovations and to make those last two putts to give myself a chance to do that, I’m speechless.”

This success means that Taylor became the first Canadian to win this event in 69 years.

Fleetwood’s result marks his fifth career runner-up finish, as he continues to search for his first victory on the PGA TOUR.

“I played well,” Fleetwood said speaking to Sky Sports. “Obviously the last was disappointing. Missed the fairway off the tee after playing 16 and 17 so well. So, yeah, I had my chances and didn’t take them. I just have to take the positives from it and start practicing tomorrow. I got a major next week. So can’t dwell on it too much.”

The next event on the PGA TOUR is the U.S. Open between June 15-18 taking place at the Los Angeles Country Club in the United States.