SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nick Taylor made an 11-foot birdie putt to overcome Charley Hoffman on the second one gap of a playoff after birdieing 3 of the remaining 4 in legislation Sunday, capping some other wild week on the WM Phoenix Open along with his 2nd memorable victory.
Taylor closed with a 6-under 65 to succeed in 21-under 263, with the Canadian forcing the playoff with a 9-foot birdie putt at the par-4 18th.
Each avid gamers birdied the additional gap and hit the fairway on No. 18 a 2nd time — Taylor from the proper tough, Hoffman from the left fairway bunker. Hoffman left his birdie putt quick and Taylor birdied the opening for the 1/3 time in not up to an hour because the solar dipped underneath the horizon.
Taylor received his 5th PGA Excursion identify to finish a chaotic week of climate delays and the uncommon determination to near the gates — and, gulp, bring to a halt liquor gross sales — when issues began to get out of hand Saturday.
Profiting from the primary delightful day of the week within the desolate tract, Hoffman moved into competition by means of completing off a 64 on TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Route within the morning to finish his weather-delayed 1/3 around.
Hoffman used to be 4 beneath in a three-hole stretch at the again 9 and had a three-shot lead when he completed.
Taylor wouldn’t let him snatch the trophy simply but.
The 35-year-old had an emotional end on the 2023 Canadian Open, creating a 72-foot eagle putt at the fourth playoff gap to turn into the primary Canadian in 69 years to win his nationwide open.
Taylor shot a course-record 60 within the opening around within the desolate tract for a five-shot lead that matched the most important after 18 holes at the PGA Excursion since 1983.
Taylor completed off a third-round 68 within the morning, however stagnated after a birdie at No. 9. He got here to existence with consecutive birdies beginning on No. 15 and completed with a flourish after simply lacking a birdie putt on No. 17.
Two-time protecting champion Scottie Scheffler surged into competition with 5 immediately birdies to finish his 1/3 around, taking pictures 66 within the morning regardless of getting rid of the fairway right into a bunker for a bogey on No. 18.
The sector No. 1 in brief held the lead early within the ultimate around sooner than his putter went chilly, finishing his bid for the PGA Excursion’s first three-peat in 13 years. Scheffler just about aced the par-3 stadium sixteenth gap, however used to be too some distance at the back of to catch Hoffman. He shot 66 to tie Sam Burns for 1/3 at 18 beneath.