SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nick Taylor made an 11-foot birdie putt on the second hole after a playoff game on Sunday to beat Charlie Hoffman and make three of his final four regular-season games. A birdie to cap off another crazy week at the WM Phoenix Open with a second memorable win. .
Taylor finished with a 6-under 65 to reach 21-under 263, and the Canadian made a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole to force the playoffs.
Both players birdied extra holes and hit the green a second time on No. 18 – Taylor from the right rough and Hoffman from the fairway bunker on the left. Hoffman’s birdie putt was too short, and Taylor birdied the hole for the third time in less than a stroke. An hour when the sun sets below the horizon.
Taylor won his fifth PGA Tour title, capping a chaotic week marred by weather delays and making the rare decision to close the gates – Then, gulp, cut off alcohol sales — when things started to spiral out of control on Saturday.
Taking advantage of his first good day in the desert this week, Hoffman shot a morning 64 on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale to complete the weather-delayed third round. entered into competition.
Hoffman played three holes on the back nine at 4 under and finished three shots ahead.
Taylor wouldn’t let him take the trophy yet.
The 35-year-old had a thrilling start to the 2023 Canadian Open, sinking a 72-foot eagle putt on the fourth playoff hole to become the first Canadian in 69 years to win the National Open.
Taylor shot a course-record 60 in the first round in the desert to lead by five strokes, tying the largest lead after 18 holes on the PGA Tour since 1983.
Taylor shot a third-round 68 in the morning but stalled after a birdie on No. 9. He made consecutive birdies starting on the 15th hole and ended the match on a high note after missing a birdie putt on the 17th hole.
Two-time defending champion Scottie Scheffler finished his third round with five consecutive birdies, despite bogeying the 18th hole and pushing the green into a bunker. , but still shot 66 in the morning.
The world No. 1 briefly held the lead early in the final round before his putter went cold, ending his bid for a first three-peat on the PGA Tour in 13 years. Scheffler nearly took the lead on the par-3 16th, but fell too far behind to catch up with Hoffman. He shot a 66 and was tied for third with Sam Burns at 18 under.