Nick Taylor Wins His National Open
Toronto, ON – Nick Taylor (-17) won the 2023 RBC Canadian Open in a playoff over Tommy Fleetwood. The pair finished 72 holes tied and it took 4 playoff holes to separate them. Taylor canned a 72-foot bomb for eagle to claim victory in his national open. The pro-Taylor crowd went nuts and Taylor was showered with celebration by fellow Canadian pros like Mike Weir, Adam Hadwin, and Corey Conners. The putt was the longest Taylor has holed in his career to date. The win marks his third win on Tour.
Finishing one stroke behind them were Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton and Aaron Rai as well as C.T. Pan, who started the day with a two stroke lead. Eric Cole and Mark Hubbard finished T6, two strokes back of them at -14.
Other players who had notable finishes included Rory McIlroy (T9, -12), who couldn’t get it going, shooting 72 after entering the final round two strokes back of the lead and very much in the mix; Justin Rose (8th, -13), whose career renaissance continues and should be considered a legitimate contender in LA next week; and Harry Higgs, the popular figure who started the day in the same position as McIlroy and finished one stroke behind him having not been able muster better than a 73.
The golf itself was nowhere near the biggest story of the week though. Right before the tournament began it was announced that the PGA Tour has agreed to a merger with the DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and its golf-related activities (read: LIV Golf). Though there are still more questions than answers around this deal, the news itself and the prospect of what might happen to the game of golf sent shockwaves through the golf world this week.
Next week, golf fans will get the opportunity to tune out the noise surrounding the future of the professional game to focus on its present. The US Open will be contested at Los Angeles Country Club’s famed North Course for the first time in its 100+ year history. One of George C. Thomas’ masterpieces, it has seldom been seen by the general public. Recently restored by Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford in anticipation of this major championship, it will be appointment viewing. All the world’s best players will be in the field.
Nick Taylor What’s In The Bag
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 46°-10F, 54°-14F, Vokey Design WedgeWorks BV Proto 58°-T(True Temper Dynamic Gold S400)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour