ISN – (Oakville, Ont.) – 2013 PGA TOUR Canada gradate Nick Taylor became the first player of the PGA TOUR Canada era to go on to win on the PGA TOUR this past Sunday, capturing the Sanderson Farms Championship (Jackson, Miss.) for his first PGA TOUR win and taking advantage of the path from PGA TOUR Canada to the PGA TOUR.
In 2013, Taylor took advantage of the new relationship between PGA TOUR Canada and the Web.com Tour designed to reward season-long performance during PGA TOUR Canada’s inaugural season to expedite his path to the PGA TOUR. He recorded five top-10 results and finished seventh on the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit in 2013 to earn an exemption directly into the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School. Following his exemption into the final stage of the 2013 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, Taylor went on to finish tied for 11th to earn conditional status on the Web.com Tour. The 26-year old University of Washington graduate would go on finish 37th on the Web.com Tour Finals Priority Ranking in 2014, earning his PGA TOUR card for the 2014-15 season.
Taylor became one of four PGA TOUR Canada graduates in 2013 to go directly from PGA TOUR Canada to the Web.com Tour to the PGA TOUR, joining Tony Finau, Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Mark Hubbard.
Below are select facts and statistics from Nick Taylor’s career leading up to his breakthrough win at the Sanderson Farms Championship:
ABOUT Nick Taylor’s career on PGA TOUR Canada:
2013: Posted five top-10s on PGA TOUR Canada to finish seventh on the Order of Merit and gain exemption into the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament Finals…Opened the season in June with a T4 (Times Colonist Island Savings Open), a T2 (Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel) and a T6 (The Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON)…Added a T7 at the ATB Financial Classic. Picked up a fifth-place finish at The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial… Made eight cuts in nine starts… Played steady golf at PGA West (69-70-72-67-68-67) to finish T11 at Q-School Finals.
2012: Posted three top-10s, including a season-best T3 at the ATB Financial Classic…. Missed just one cut in eight starts… Finished 11th on the Order of Merit.
2011: Received six exemptions into PGA TOUR Canada events and earned enough money to gain full status for 2012… Finished T5 at The Western Championship and T9 at The Players Cup in his birthplace of Winnipeg, MB… Finished 30th on the Order of Merit.
2010: Made his PGA TOUR Canada debut at the Desert Dunes Classic, where he finished T21.
ABOUT Nick Taylor’s Amateur Career:
Captured the Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the top male collegiate golfer in the United States, in 2010 after a stellar season at the University of Washington that saw him rise to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The six previous winners – Kyle Stanley/’09, Rickie Fowler/’08, Chris Kirk/’07, Matt Every/’06, Ryan Moore/’05 and Bill Haas/’04 – all went on to win on the PGA TOUR.
Won the 2006 Canadian Junior Championship by a record 11 strokes
Won the 2007 Canadian Amateur Championship
Qualified for the 2008 U.S. Open Championship (MC)
Qualified for the 2009 U.S Open Championship and finished T36, carding a second round 65
Shared runner-up individual honors as a sophomore at the 2008 NCAA Championship
Was ranked No. 1 in the R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking for 21 straight weeks (June-November 2009) and subsequently won the Mark H. McCormack Medal
Won four individual titles while at the University of Washington
Earned honorable mention All-American honors in 2008 (sophomore) and first-team All-American recognition in 2009 and 2010
Was runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship
Named Canada’s top amateur golfer in 2009…Made his PGA TOUR debut at the 2008 U.S. Open (missed cut). A month later, made his first PGA TOUR cut, at the RBC Canadian Open (T53).
ABOUT Nick Taylor (bio):
Full Name: Nicolas Alexander Taylor
Born: April 14, 1988 (Winnipeg, MB)
Residence: (Abbotsford, BC)
Family: Wife, Andie
Club affiliation: Ledgeview G&CC (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada)
Special Interests: All sports, movies, Mario Kart 64