Nick Taylor claimed a two-shot victory at the Sanderson Farms Classic — the second to last week on the road to Kapalua — and became the first Canadian-born player to win on the PGA TOUR since 2007, qualifying Taylor for the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The winners-only event returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua from January 8-12.
The 26-year-old rookie used a masterful putting performance to defeat Boo Weekly and Jason Bohn by two strokes. Taylor made 178 feet of putts in the final round, bettering the field average of 80 feet by a wide margin. This is the first time Taylor is eligible for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Bubba Watson, already eligible for the winners-only event via his wins at the Northern Trust Open and the Masters, added to his win total in 2014 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions last week at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. Needing an eagle to force a playoff with Tim Clark, Watson holed a long greenside bunker shot on the closing par 5 and made a 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to seal the dramatic victory.
Players only have one more chance to qualify on the road to Kapalua for the exclusive field by winning the last event on the PGA TOUR schedule in the 2014 calendar year. The final tournament is:
Nov. 13–16 : OHL Classic at Mayakoba
Source: PGA TOUR