High winds and firm conditions made the final round much more difficult than the previous three, but in the end, Nick Taylor emerged victorious by four strokes over Kevin Streelman. Taylor started the day with just a one-shot lead over Phil Mickelson, and after opening with three consecutive pars, made birdies on the 4th and 5th, then added an eagle at the 6th which increased his lead to two. Despite a bogey on the 8th, Nick gained a stroke since Phil made double-bogey; another birdie on 9 by Taylor created a two-shot swing and his lead was now five.
The conditions would eventually catch everyone, and Taylor was no exception with bogeys on 11, 12, and a double on 14 brought his lead back to just two shots. A birdie on 15 righted the ship, and a beautiful iron shot on the par-3 17th set up a birdie that would seal the deal. Nick Taylor’s final round 70 earned him his 2nd-career PGA Tour victory and his first since November 2014.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to historic Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Invitational.