Nick Taylor Wins Pebble Beach Tournament Amid Battle With Phil Mickelson, Windy Weather - uSports.org

Log In

  • Home  /
  • News   / Daily Digest   /
  • Nick Taylor Wins Pebble Beach Tournament Amid Battle With Phil Mickelson, Windy Weather
Nick Taylor Wins Pebble Beach Tournament Amid Battle With Phil Mickelson, Windy Weather Full view

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Nick Taylor of Canada poses with the trophy after winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 09, 2020 in Pebble Beach, California.

Nick Taylor Wins Pebble Beach Tournament Amid Battle With Phil Mickelson, Windy Weather

Nick Taylor defied the odds to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Sunday while battling Phil Mickelson and the wind en route to a four-stroke victory. Taylor was paired with Nickelson for the first time in his career and entered the final round one stroke ahead of the World Golf Hall of Famer. On Saturday night, Taylor was busy watching Mickelson’s short-game highlights from his earlier play.

“I was just curious, to be honest. And he hit some amazing shots,” Taylor, a +1200 underdog, told ESPN. “I’m like, ‘Well, I don’t know if he can keep that up. If he can, great.’ But if I keep doing what I’m doing, plugging along … then try to make the guys behind me try to beat me.”

SLIDESHOW: 50 GREAT SPORTS FIGURES WHO DIED IN 2019

Taylor added to his own highlight reel when he gave himself a five-shot lead through nine after holing an eagle shot from the bunker.The next two holes were plagued by 40 mph winds, however, and Taylor saw his lead fall to two strokes, but recovered nicely with a birdie on the 15th hole that kept him in control as the weather settled down. He never lost the lead and finished with 2-under 70 with a four-stroke win over Kevin Streelman. Nickelson had trouble in the wind and finished third with a 74.

“It’s disappointing certainly to have not won, but I got outplayed,” Mickelson told ESPN. “I mean, Nick played better than I did. He holed a couple of great shots. That eagle on 6, the putts he made on 4, 5 and 7 … he just really played some great golf.”

Taylor’s victory is his first in 146 appearances since the 2015 Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi. The win helped propel him into the Master’s for the first time in his career and he’s also eligible for the PGA Championship.

“That was amazing,” Taylor said. “I believed I could do it because I’ve done it before. But to do it in that fashion, playing with Phil, gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

The wind was blowing so hard it knocked Taylor’s hat off during the 14th hole where he got a double bogey. Although faced with adversity, the 31-year-old Canadian remained decided to remain positive. I had to remind myself I still had the lead, I knew I was swinging it well and just needed to hit that fairway,” Taylor said.

He finished 19-under 268 and earned a two-year exemption with the victory, according to ESPN.

 

 

Chat With uSports On Facebook! Get the latest news and interviews delivered directly to your Messenger!

Read more about:

Featured articles on uInterview.com

Written by Frank DeLorenzo

Latest News

MLB Won’t Identify Players Who Test Positive For COVID-19

MLB Won’t Identify Players Who Test Positive For COVID-19

With the 2020 Major League Baseball season set to start in late-July, one of the biggest things has been COVID-19…

Padres Make First MLB Trade In Three Months Acquiring Jorge Mateo From Oakland

Padres Make First MLB Trade In Three Months Acquiring Jorge Mateo From Oakland

It seems that things are slowly starting to return to normal in the world of Major League Baseball, as for…

NHL Expected To Pay Out $300 Million In Signing Bonuses As Scheduled

NHL Expected To Pay Out $300 Million In Signing Bonuses As Scheduled

On Wednesday, numerous NHL players who are due signing bonuses on July 1, will receive those bonuses. That means that…

Detroit Tigers Sign #1 Overall Pick Torkelson For Record $8.4 Million

Detroit Tigers Sign #1 Overall Pick Torkelson For Record $8.4 Million

With the first pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Detroit Tigers selected Spencer Torkelson with the first overall pick…

Kansas City Chiefs’ Chris Jones Hints At Possibility Of Him Not Playing With Team In 2020

Kansas City Chiefs’ Chris Jones Hints At Possibility Of Him Not Playing With Team In 2020

After being franchise-tagged by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this offseason, defensive end Chris Jones has since hinted that he…

Family Of Dodgers’ Andrew Toles Wants ‘To Bring Him Home’ Following Arrest [Mugshot]

Family Of Dodgers’ Andrew Toles Wants ‘To Bring Him Home’ Following Arrest [Mugshot]

After being arrested outside of the Florida airport and finding “relief” in his mugshot being released, the family of Los…

WATCH: Arizona Cardinals Jermiah Braswell Arrested After Driving Into Lake Erie Intoxicated, Released By Team

WATCH: Arizona Cardinals Jermiah Braswell Arrested After Driving Into Lake Erie Intoxicated, Released By Team

The Arizona Cardinals announced on Monday that they would be releasing rookie wide receiver Jermiah Braswell. Braswell was arrested for…

NBA & NBPA To Paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ On Court During Season Restart

NBA & NBPA To Paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ On Court During Season Restart

When it was announced that the NBA would be resuming its season at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, one…

Novak Djokovic & Wife Jelena Djokovic Test Negative For COVID-19 After Battling Virus

Novak Djokovic & Wife Jelena Djokovic Test Negative For COVID-19 After Battling Virus

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and his wife, Jelena Djokovic, got some good news Thursday as both announced that they have…

NFL To Cut 2 Weeks Of Preseason – Could Cut It All

NFL To Cut 2 Weeks Of Preseason – Could Cut It All

The NFL is beginning to take precaution as the 2020 season looms. It was announced Wednesday that week 1 and…

University Of Arizona Halts Athletes Returning To Campus For Workouts Amid Spike In COVID-19 Positive Cases

University Of Arizona Halts Athletes Returning To Campus For Workouts Amid Spike In COVID-19 Positive Cases

As coronavirus cases surge in various states across the United States in recent weeks, some universities in those states have…

NWSL Soccer Players Take A Knee During National Anthem In Support Of The ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement

NWSL Soccer Players Take A Knee During National Anthem In Support Of The ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement

During the national anthem before the second game of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Challenge Cup on Saturday between…