Playoff Wizard Nick Taylor Wins $1.584 Million 2024 WM Phoenix Open, Upsetting Charley Hoffman

Published 02/11/2024, 8:06 PM EST

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Finally, the WM Phoenix Open comes to a close after days of enduring setback after setback. Well, after four days of play and a scintillating playoff, Nick Taylor emerged victorious at the PGA Tour event with a score of 6-under 65 on the final day of play. Interestingly, he was able to do so by defeating Charley Hoffman with a birdie on the second playoff hole on the par-4, 18th, resulting in the latter finishing as a runner-up by a total of 1 stroke.

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How did he do it? Surprisingly, the golfer managed to card out a total of 263 (-21) over the four rounds, all the while raking in a total of $1.584 million as the winner’s cut from the $8.8 million prize pool. With the win at TPC Scottsdale, this would mark his fourth victory on the Jay Monahan-led circuit, the last of which came back in 2023 at the RBC Canadian Open.

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The pro dished out a total of 26 birdies over the tournament, six of which came during the final round, along with two more at the playoff holes. Meanwhile, he also carded a total of 3 bogeys over the same. The remarkable display of skill helped him cement his place on the leaderboard, pushing past Hoffman, who also scored a birdie during the first playoff hole.

With the victory, Taylor would be receiving a total of 500 FedEx Cup points, thereby propelling him to a projected 6th place on the FedEx Cup standings for the 2024 season. However, the runner-up would be awarded 300 points, as a result of which he is projected to be placed at T25, a whopping jump from 131st place.

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As of now, the OWGR is set to award a total of 55.86208 to the champ as per projected numbers for the field, which boasts a rating of 324.79333. However, for the 2023 edition of the event, Scottie Scheffler who emerged victorious at the same, was awarded 65.27481 points, which helped him reclaim the top spot on the world golf rankings. Meanwhile, the current champion finished as a runner-up in the same tournament.

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A career-best finish by the Canadian golfer

The professional managed to register scores of 60-70-68-65 over the four days, of which the numbers for the first day, an 11-under 60, were the lowest he ever scored in his career. What’s more, his victory is also projected to propel him toward his career-best placement on the OWGR, at No. 26 with a total of 147.45871 points.

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Anyhow, the community would undoubtedly be elated to see Taylor lift his fourth PGAT trophy. Many would be hoping for him to carry forward his momentum to the next event on the calendar so that they can see more of his exciting game at play. Take a bow, Taylor.

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Allan Abe

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Allan Abe is a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. He shares a longtime passion for the sport, having idolized players like Bubba Watson and Adam Scott as a child. Armed with his Master’s Degree in English, Allan has covered many themes in golf as a beat writer with more than 800 articles and excels at live coverage and a hole-to-hole analysis of events.
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