Planet Golf — 07 November 2014 by GW staff and news services
UW’s Nick Taylor wins first Tour event

JACKSON, Miss. — Nick Taylor overcame a four-shot deficit to win the Sanderson Farms Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Boo Weekley and Jason Bohn.

The 26-year-old Taylor played the front nine in 4 under to pull even with the leaders and took control with birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 15.

A former University of Washington player from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Taylor three-putted for bogey on No. 18 after taking a three-shot lead into the final hole. He finished at 16-under 272 at the Country Club of Jackson.

Weekley also had a 66, and Bohn shot 69.

John Rollins had a two-shot lead coming into Sunday, but faded with a 73 to tie for fourth with Peter Uihlein (65) and Justin Thomas (67).

Taylor started the day among a clump of contenders, but quickly moved to the forefront with three birdies on the first five holes. He was terrific on the greens throughout the final round, making four birdie putts from at least 15 feet.

Even though it was just his 13th PGA Tour start — and seventh as a professional — he handled the final holes with little drama. He made a 9-foot putt to save par on No. 16 and his tap-in for bogey on 18 was easily good enough for the win.

Taylor earned his PGA Tour card in dramatic fashion less than two months ago by shooting a 63 in the final round of the Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Now he has earned exempt status through the 2016-17 season.

The course gave up some low scores on Sunday thanks to ideal cool and windless conditions. Peter Ulhlein shot a 65 to finish in a tie for fourth with Justin Thomas and Rollins.

Taylor is the first Canadian-born winner on the PGA Tour since Mike Weir in 2007. Stephen Ames, a naturalized Canadian citizen from Trinidad and Tobago, won a PGA Tour event in 2009.

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