PGA Tour

Taylor wins first tour title

2014-11-10 07:19
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Jackson - Nick Taylor fired eight birdies in a six-under par 66 on Sunday to capture his first US PGA Tour title, winning by two strokes at the Country Club of Jackson.

The Canadian's 16-under par total of 272 gave him a two-shot victory over Americans Boo Weekley and Jason Bohn. Weekley also closed with a 66 while Bohn closed out the $4 million Sanderson Farms Championship with a 69 for 274.

John Rollins, who started the day with a two-shot lead, settled for a one-over par 73 to head a group on 275 alongside Justin Thomas, who posted a 67, and Peter Uihlein, who rocketed up the leaderboard with a seven-under 65.

Taylor went into the final round four shots off the pace, but precision off the tee and some improved putting saw him erase the deficit with a four-under front nine and carry on to victory.

After hitting only 21 of 42 fairways in regulation through the first three rounds, Taylor hit 10 of 14 on Sunday and needed just one putt at 10 holes.

His eight birdies included three in a row from the 13th through the 15th, where his precise tee shot left him 86 yards to the pin.

He hit a wedge to 11 feet and curled in the birdie putt.

Taylor, a graduate of the tour, led by three with two holes to play, and even a three-putt bogey at the last wouldn't allow his closest followers to catch him.

Leading scores after Sunday's final round of the US PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship (USA unless noted, par-72):

272 - Nick Taylor (CAN) 67-69-70-66

274 - Boo Weekley 70-68-70-66, Jason Bohn 68-71-66-69

275 - Peter Uihlein 70-71-69-65, Justin Thomas 71-68-69-67, John Rollins 68-66-68-73

276 - William McGirt 68-70-66-72

277 - Robert Streb 67-70-70-70

278 - Blayne Barber 71-71-70-66, Garrett Osborn 70-69-71-68, Carlos Sainz 70-70-69-69, Mark Wilson 71-69-68-70, David Toms 68-66-72-72

279 - David Hearn (CAN) 69-72-71-67, Cory Whitsett 72-69-70-68, Charles Howell 71-69-70-69, Will Wilcox 69-71-68-71, Fabian Gomez (ARG) 71-68-69-71, Kyle Reifers 71-70-67-71

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