Nick Taylor in contention at the 2023 Shriners Children’s Open

Nick Taylor (University of the Fraser Valley, Wikimedia Commons)

Nick Taylor of Winnipeg, Manitoba is in contention at the 2023 Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas, Nevada. After the second round on Friday, Taylor is at -10 and two shots back of the lead.

Taylor, who is in fourth place, shot a first round score of -6 on Thursday. In the opening round, he had seven birdies, one eagle, and three bogeys. Taylor eagled the 13th hole, birdied the second, fifth, eighth, ninth, 10th, 15th, and 18th holes, and bogeyed the first, seventh, and 17th holes. Then on Friday, he had another eagle, two birdies, zero bogeys, and 15 pars. Taylor birdied the 13th and 15th holes, and eagled the 16th hole. Taylor started on the back nine.

The leaders are Americans Cameron Champ and Lanto Griffin. Champ of Sacramento, California, and Griffin, of Mount Shasta, California, are both at -12. All alone in third place is Sweden’s Henrik Norlander at -11. Norlander was in a five person playoff just last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. This was the second time in Norlander’s career he was in a five person playoff. He lost to Canadian Mackenzie Hughes of Hamilton, Ontario at the 2016 RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Tied with Taylor for fourth place at -10 is American J.T. Poston of Hickory, North Carolina. Then there are five players tied for sixth place at -9. There you can find Sweden’s Alex Noren, South Korea’s K.H. Lee, and Americans Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo, California, Luke List of Seattle, Washington and Sam Ryder of Winter Park, Florida. List won the five-person playoff involving Norlander a week ago.

Taylor is seeking his second PGA title this year. He won the Canadian Open in Toronto in the summer.


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