Jun 12, 2023
By Jane Brown
So what’s next for Canadian Open Champion Nick Taylor?
It was a moment that will certainly never be forgotten by the 35 year old Canadian from Abbortsford, British Columbia when Taylor sunk a 72-foot eagle putt on Sunday to win the fourth playoff hole against Tommy Fleetwood of England.
And fans who were there at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club will forever remember the moment they witnessed history as a Canadian won the championship on home turf for the first time in 69 years.
During Taylor’s many interviews on the green, the gallery in the grandstands and fairway sang a raucous version of “O Canada.”
Taylor seemed almost at a loss for words when asked what this means to him.
“Everything,” he replied.
The Canadian win also ended a week which began with a bombshell announcement that the PGA Tour, the Public Investment Fund and the DP World Tour would merge commercial operations under common ownership.
The Canadian Open is an historic event. It is the third-oldest event in professional golf.
Early in this year’s competition, Taylor was an unlikely champion. He was 120th following the first round Thursday but entered the final round Sunday three shots off the leader after shooting a third-round 63, a course record at Oakdale. And then on Sunday, Taylor recorded five birdies through his first 10 holes, becoming the solo leader.
It is the fourth win for a Canadian on the PGA Tour this season, the most in a single season on the tour since 1983.
Up next later this week is the U.S. Open.
Not since 2000, when Tiger Woods did it, has any player won both the Canadian and U.S. national championships in the same season.