SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Nick Taylor made a 12-foot birdie putt to beat Charley Hoffman on the second hole of a playoff after making three of the last four birdies on Sunday, capping another wild week at the Phoenix Open with his second memorable victory.
Taylor closed with a 6-under 65 to reach 21-under 263, with the Canadian forcing the playoff with a 9-foot birdie putt at the par-4 18th.
Both players birdied the extra hole and hit the green for the second time at No. 18: Taylor from the right rough, Hoffman from the left fairway bunker. Hoffman left his birdie putt short and Taylor birdied the hole for the third time in less than an hour as the sun dipped below the horizon.
Taylor won his fifth PGA Tour title to end a chaotic week full of weather delays and the rare decision to close the gates — and, gulp, halt liquor sales — as things spiraled out of control Saturday hand started walking.
Hoffman took advantage of the first pleasant day of the week in the desert and got into contention by shooting a 64 in the morning at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium to complete his weather-delayed third round.
Hoffman was 4 under through a three-hole stretch on the back nine and had a three-shot lead when he finished.
Taylor wouldn’t let him take the trophy yet.
The 35-year-old had an emotional finish at the 2023 Canadian Open, making a 22-metre Eagle Putt on the fourth playoff hole to become the first Canadian in 69 years to win his National Open.
Taylor shot a course-record 60 in the opening round in the desert for a five-shot lead that matched the largest after 18 holes on the PGA Tour since 1983.
Taylor closed out a third-round 68 in the morning but stalled after a birdie at No. 9. He came alive with consecutive birdies from No. 15 and finished with a flourish after just missing a birdie putt at No. 17.
Two-time defending champion Scottie Scheffler came into contention with five straight birdies to complete his third round. He shot 66 in the morning despite bunkering the green for a bogey on No. 18.
The world No. 1 briefly held the lead early in the final round before his putter went cold, ending his bid for the PGA Tour’s first three-peat in 13 years. Scheffler almost reached the 16th hole of the Par-3 Stadium, but was too far behind to catch Hoffman. He shot 66 to tie Sam Burns for third place at 18 under.