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Nick Taylor Earns Play-Off Victory in Dramatic WM Phoenix Open

Nick Taylor Earns Play-Off Victory in Dramatic WM Phoenix Open
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Nick Taylor put together a sublime late surge and defeat Charley Hoffman in a play-off to win a raucous WM Phoenix Open in Arizona.

The 35-year-old Canadian sunk three birdies in his last four regulation holes to sit at the top of the leaderboard alongside Hoffman on 21 under and force a play-off.

The first play-off hole saw both players sink birdies but the second saw Hoffman’s birdie putt fall short, an opportunity that Taylor capitalized on, sinking from 11 feet to seal his fifth career PGA TOUR title.

“It’s been fun to be in those moments,” said Taylor. “I think last year I drew a lot on for the Canadian Open and I’ve drawn on that for plenty of moments, as well.

“For whatever reason it is, the later it gets, I just seem to get a little more locked in and zoned in and kind of relish those moments, and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Defending Champion, Scottie Scheffler, ended the tournament tied-third alongside fellow American Sam Burns while Sahith Theegala rounded up the top five.

The event, however, was tarnished by disturbances in the crowd, as participants engaged in verbal exchanges with certain spectators.

Johnson was captured on film engaging in a heated argument with fans, expressing his frustration with the situation by stating, “I’m sick of it,” and demanding that the spectators simply “just shut up.”

In another incident, Horschel was observed expressing disapproval to a spectator who had disrupted play by calling out while one of his playing partners, qualifier Nicolo Galletti, was preparing to hit a shot.

“Buddy, when he’s over a shot shut the hell up man,” Horschel shouted. “He’s trying to hit a damn golf shot here – it’s our f****** job.”

Following an incident where a man leaped over the ropes and entered a greenside bunker on the par-three 16th, he was subsequently arrested for engaging in ‘snow angels’ in the sand.

Former BMW PGA Championship winner Byeong Hun An stated that the event was “totally out of control on every hole” in a post on social media.

“Played here multiple times over the years and it was fine until today,” he added.

Scottsdale police recently revealed that there were 653 emergency calls as a result of the choas whilst there were also 54 fans arrested and 300 evicted.

The next event on the PGA TOUR schedule is the Genesis Invitational taking place between 15-18 February at Riviera Golf Course in California.