Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., sank a 72-foot eagle putt on the fourth playoff hole to defeat Tommy Fleetwood and win the RBC Canadian Open, becoming the first Canadian player in 69 years to win the national men’s golf championship. It was the third win for Taylor on the PGA Tour and his first since the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The last player from Canada to win the Canadian Open was Pat Fletcher in 1954 at Point Grey in Vancouver. Carl Keffer had been the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Mike Weir came the closest to ending the drought in 2004 before losing a dramatic three-hole playoff to Fiji’s Vijay Singh. Taylor was sitting tied for 120th after the first round and barely squeezed over the cut line after the second round. His third-round 63 was a composite-course record and his lowest career score in 35 rounds at the Canadian Open. Taylor also becomes the first male golfer to win the Canadian Junior Championship, Canadian Men’s Amateur and the RBC Canadian Open. The 72.6-foot eagle putt to win the championship is his longest career putt as a PGA pro and it’s the longest made putt on the final hole of a one-shot (or playoff) PGA Tour victory in the last 20 years. …Adam Hadwin posted his best result at this event since 2019 and his fourth top-15 finish in 12 starts. ..Corey Conners was the first Canadian to hold the lead after the first round since 2008. His streak of bogey-free holes at this event came to an end at 53 with a bogey on the third hole of round two. …Roger Sloan recorded his best result in seven career Canadian Open starts. …Mike Weir became the fourth-oldest player at age 53 to make the cut at the Canadian Open. His 30 career starts are just two behind the record held by George Cumming. …The eight Canadians who made the cut are the most at this event since 2002.
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NEXT EVENT: U.S. Open (Jun 15)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Pendrith, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson, Nick Taylor
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Steve Stricker carded a final round 69 to win the American Family Insurance Championship by five strokes. It was his fourth win of the season which includes two major championships. He has not finished worse than a tie for eighth in 11 tournament starts this year. Paul Broadhurst and Steve Alker finished tied for second. …Stephen Ames notched his fifth top-10 result of the season.
NEXT EVENT: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open (Jun 23)
Ashleigh Buhai birdied four of her first five holes but needed a birdie on the final hole to hold off Hyo Joo Kim for a one-shot victory in the ShopRite LPGA Classic. It was the fourth win worldwide over the past 10 months for Buhai and second LPGA victory. At 34 years, 11 months, Buhai is the oldest winner this year on the LPGA. Rookie Yan Liu finished third, three shots back. …Brooke Henderson has shot par or better in eight of her last 13 stroke play events.
NEXT EVENT: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give (Jun 15)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Brooke Henderson, Maddie Szeryk, Alena Sharp (alternate)
KORN FERRY TOUR
Adrien Dumont de Chassart of Belgium made par on the first playoff hole to defeat Josh Teater at the BMW Charity Pro-Am. It was his first professional victory in his pro debut. Dumont de Chassart is the 18th player in tour history to win his pro debut and the first to do it since 2019. Dumont de Chassart made three birdies and an eagle down the stretch to take the lead until a bogey on the final hole put him in a playoff with Teater. It was the seventh sudden-death playoff of the season. There were no Canadians entered in the event.
NEXT EVENT: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Wichita Open (Jun 15)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Wil Bateman
Dale Whitnell carded a final round 70 to win the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed event for his first career win on the European tour. The 34-year-old Englishman finished three shots clear of American Sean Crocker, who had cut the lead to two with two to play before Whitnell birdied the 17th to end any threat of a comeback. The co-sanctioned event on the men’s European tour and the Ladies European Tour featured a field of 78 men and 78 women. There were no Canadians entered in the event.
NEXT EVENT: BMW International Open (Jun 22)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Aaron Cockerill
Siyun Liu birdied the penultimate hole before holding on for a one-shot victory over Amelia Garvey in the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship. It was her first victory on the Epson Tour.
NEXT EVENT: Island Resort Championship (Jun 23)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Selena Costabile, Alena Sharp, Sarah-Eve Rheaume, Kate Johnston (reserve), Brogan McKinnon (reserve), Christina Foster (reserve), Josee Doyon (reserve), Megan Osland (reserve)
PGA TOUR CANADA
Jimmy Jones carded a final round of even par and survived a final hole bogey to capture the sixth and final PGA Tour Canada qualifying tournament by one stroke. Jones is the son of the late Canadian golfer Dawn Coe-Jones. The win gives him exempt status for the upcoming 2023 season, which gets underway June 15 in Victoria. Max Sear, who started the day two shots back of Jones, double-bogeyed the final hole and missed forcing a playoff. He finished in a tie for second with Carr Vernon, who birdied his last two holes to catch Sear.
Sear earned exempt status through the first half of the season along with three other Canadians, including amateur Matthew Anderson, who just turned pro and finished fourth in the event. Raoul Ménard finished tied for sixth while Jake Lane was part of a four-player playoff for the final two spots. A.J. Ewart was also part of the playoff but missed out and will have conditional membership for the year along with 11 other Canadians including Lawren Rowe, Étienne Brault, Noah Steele and Jeevan Sihota.
NEXT EVENT: Royal Beach Victoria Open (Jun 15)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Matthew Anderson, Étienne Brault, Ty Campbell, Robin Conlan, Chris Crisologo, Jared du Toit, A.J. Ewart, Thomas Giroux, Jimmy Jones, Richard Jung, Jake Lane, Henry Lee, Stuart Macdonald, Brendan MacDougall, Raoul Ménard, Étienne Papineau, Lawren Rowe, Jim Rutledge, Joey Savoie, Max Sear, Jeevan Sihota, Brian Sluggett, Noah Steele, Riley Wheeldon, Chris R. Wilson, Sudarshan Yellamaraju, Brendan Leonard (alternate), Marc-Olivier Plasse (alternate)
Juan Postigo Arce used a chip-in birdie on the final hole to defeat world number one Kipp Popert at the G4D Tour @ Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed. It was his second win of the season for the Spaniard, who was born without much of his right leg and no knee. Kurtis Barkley birdied his final two holes to finish in a tie for third. It’s his fourth consecutive top-3 finish on tour this season. The event marked the first time an equal number of men and women competed in the same field at a G4D tournament.
NEXT EVENT: G4D Tour @ Betfred British Masters (Jun 26)