Nick Taylor in contention after third round of the 2023 Canadian Open

Nick Taylor (J. Hansen, Wikimedia Commons)

There is a Canadian in connection after the third round of the 2023 Royal Bank of Canada Canadian Open. It is just no longer Corey Conners of Listowel, Ontario. On Saturday, Nick Taylor of Winnipeg, Manitoba set a course record at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ontario by shooting a nine-under-par 63.

Taylor’s record setting round saw him record nine birdies and zero bogeys. He birdied the second, third, fifth, seventh, ninth, 10th, 13th, 14th and 18th holes.

Taylor is currently at -11. He opened the tournament by shooting a three-over-par on Thursday including a score of seven on the par five 18th hole. Then on Friday, Taylor bounced back with a score of five-under-par 67.

C.T. Pan of Miaoli County, Taiwan, the reigning Olympic bronze medalist from the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, is the leader at -14. Then there is a six-way tie for second place at -12. There you can find four-time major champion Rory McIlroy of Holywood, Northern Ireland, 2013 United States Open champion Justin Rose of London, England, Mark Hubbard of Denver, Colorado, Tommy Fleetwood of Southport, England, Harry Higgs of Camden, New Jersey, and Andrew Novak of Raleigh, North Carolina. McIlroy won the 2011 United States Open, the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship, and the 2014 British Open. It should be noted that Rose won the gold medal in men’s golf at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

Taylor meanwhile is in a two-way tie for eighth place. He is tied with England’s Aaron Rai.

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