In a very impressive weekend of golf, Nick Taylor became the first Canadian to win on the PGA Tour in 2020 when he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am at the historic golf course in northern California. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Taylor won for the second time on the PGA Tour. His first win came at the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi, where he beat Americans Boo Weekley and Jason Bohn by two strokes.
It was a spectacular weekend for Taylor. He finished the weekend at -19 and beat Kevin Streelman by four strokes. Streelman was alone in second place at -15. Major champions Phil Mickelson of the United States and Jason Day of Australia were also in contention throughout the week, but faltered down the stretch. Mickelson was two over par in his final round and ended up at -14 and Day was three over par on Sunday and was -11.
Taylor struggled at times too on Sunday, as the heavy wind impacted the players significantly. On the back nine, Taylor had a four hole stretch of bogey, bogey, par and double bogey. He also saw his healthy five stroke lead on Mickelson shrink to two strokes. However, Taylor bounced back nicely with a key birdie from the rough on the 15th hole to regain his stranglehold in the tournament and then get another birdie on the 17th hole.
Taylor was also a wire-to-wire leader throughout the 72 holes at Pebble Beach. He had a first round score of nine under 63, second round score of six under 66, third round score of three under 69 and fourth round score of two under 70.
In the first round, Taylor went bogey free and had an eagle on the par five 10th hole. He also had birdies on the first, second, eighth, ninth, 15th and 16th holes.
In the second round, Taylor had seven birdies and one bogey. He birdied the second, third, sixth, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th holes and bogeyed the 12th hole.
In the third round, Taylor birdied the second, fifth and 17th holes, eagled the seventh and bogeyed the 10th and 13th holes. Then in Sunday’s final round, Taylor had a tremendous eagle on the sixth hole from the bunker. He also had birdies on the front nine on the fourth, fifth and ninth holes.