THE WAIT IS OVER! NICK TAYLOR DEFEATS TOMMY FLEETWOOD IN PLAYOFF TO WIN THE RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Taylor eagles the fourth playoff hole to end 69-year drought
Sunday, June 11, 2023 – Nick Taylor has given Canadian sports fans a moment they’ll never forget. Taylor sunk a 72-foot eagle putt on the fourth playoff hole at Oakdale Golf and Country Club to defeat Tommy Fleetwood and become the first Canadian to win the RBC Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954.
After shooting the composite-course record on Saturday, Taylor recorded eight birdies in his final round on Sunday good for a 6-under 66. Fleetwood, playing in the final pairing, grabbed a piece of the lead after back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17. He would par 18 to send the tournament to a playoff, the first since 2017.
In the playoff, both Taylor and Fleetwood exchanged birdies on 18, followed by pars on 18 and 9. The fourth hole went back to 18. Fleetwood’s drive found a fairway bunker while Taylor’s second shot gave him a putt for eagle. As the rain continued to fall at Oakdale, so too did Taylor’s eagle putt to clinch victory and send the euphoric Canadian crowd into a frenzy.
O Canada bellowed from the gallery as Taylor hugged his caddie, a champion on the PGA TOUR for the third time.
Taylor becomes the first male golfer to win the Canadian Junior Championship, Canadian Men’s Amateur and the RBC Canadian Open. Brooke Henderson is the only other Canadian golfer to complete the same feat, having won the Canadian Junior Championship, Canadian Women’s Amateur and CPKC Women’s Open.
The 2024 RBC Canadian Open will be contested at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
About the RBC Canadian Open
Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete at the RBC Canadian Open, June 6-11, 2023, at Oakdale Golf & Country Club in Toronto, Ont. Conducted by Golf Canada for more than a century, the RBC Canadian Open provides an opportunity for Canada’s top talents to compete against the world’s best golfers while also creating a positive impact in the event’s host community. Established in 1904, Canada’s national open golf championship is the third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, Audi, theScoreBet, BDO, Transitions, Levelwear, JOURNIE Rewards, Titleist, FootJoy, Hilton, Sleeman, Johnsonville, Think Turkey, Cub Cadet, SiriusXM, The Keg, Sargent Farms, Masi Wines, Cayman Islands, Cottage Springs, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Celebrity Cruises, STALK&BARREL, Matt & Steve’s, Avis, Coca-Cola, the Government of Ontario, and the Government of Canada. The RBC Canadian Open is proud to support First Tee Canada as the event’s official charity partner. For more information, visit www.rbccanadianopen.com.