Only four tournaments into his rookie year, Nick Taylor is a champion on the PGA Tour, earning this country’s first win in five years.
Taylor started the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss., at 10 under, four shots off the lead, but had five birdies and a bogey to push it to four under on the day by the eighth hole, where he grabbed a piece of the lead.
He briefly fell out of the lead, but three consecutive birdies between the 13th, a near ace on the par three, and 15th hole put him to seven under on the day before a bogey on 18 left him with a 66.
Taylor’s 16 under gave him a two-shot win over Boo Weekley and Jason Bohn.
After qualifying for the tour through the Web .com Tour Finals, Taylor, a former world No. 1 amateur, opened the PGA Tour season with a missed cut at the Frys .com Open.
He followed up with a tie for 56th at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas and a tie for 86th at the McGladrey Classic.
David Hearn enjoyed a solid final round as well as he got it to five under on the day by the eighth hole. Birdies on 13 and 14 pushed Hearn to seven under before three consecutive bogeys pushed him back to four under.
Hearn birdied the 18th to finish with a five-under 67 that left him nine under for the tournament and in a tie for 14th.
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