Canadian Nick Taylor became the first local player to win the RBC Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954 on Sunday. He did this by winning a grueling playoff duel against England’s Tommy Fleetwood.

Taylor and Fleetwood tied for first at 17-under at 271 and faced a sudden death round that was no less tight. Four additional holes (the longest match in the last 40 years at the Canadian Open) had to be played for the Canadian to pull off a thrilling victory, which included an eagle on the last hole.

Nick Taylor carried his ball with two strokes to the 18th green (Park 5), which has hosted three of the four playoffs. He then holed a 72-foot putt that gave him the victory, literally with his final shot at the Canadian Open.

It was an excellent tournament for Taylor, who was able to recover from +3 on the first day. He scored -5 in the second round and an exceptional -9 in the third, which put him in contention for the title.

In the fourth round he was able to shoot a -6 to force a playoff in which he eventually took the crown.

This is Taylor’s third victory on the PGA Tour, which he has been a part of since 2015.

Meanwhile, Tommy Fleetwood was a worthy opponent who showed great consistency in his game, making rounds of -2, -2, -8, -5 at the Canadian Open. He could even take the victory on the first hole in the playoff, as he had a 36-foot putt for eagle, but he just couldn’t make it.

Meanwhile, defending Canadian Open champion Rory McIlroy was unable to maintain his upward trend and, after scoring even in the fourth round, fell to T9. The other extreme was Eric Cole, who shot a best fourth-of-the-field round (-9) and moved up 18 places to T6.

The final leaderboard for the Canadian Open

Here is the final leaderboard for the 2023 Canadian Open:

P1 Nick Taylor: -17

P2 Tommy Fleetwood -17

T3 Tyrell Hatton -16

T3 Aaron Ray -16

T3 CT Pan -16

T6 Eric Cole -14

T6 Mark Hubbard -14

8 Justin Rose-13

T9 Brandon Wu -12

T9 Andrew Novak -12

T9 Rory McIlroy -12

T12 Adam Hadwin -11

T12 Harrison Endicott -11

T12 Dog Game -11

T12 Jonathan Bird -11

T12 Harry Higgs -11

17 Nate Lashley -10

T18 Will Gordon -9

T18 Carl Yuan -9

T20 Matt Kuchar -8

T20 Sam Bennett -8

T20 Lucas Glover -8

T20 Matt Fitzpatrick -8

T20 Corey Connors -8

T25 at Reavie -7

T25 Alex Smalley -7

T25 Ryan Moore -7

T25 Justin Lower -7

T25 Dylan Wu -7

T25 Ludwig Aberg-7

T25 Lee Hodges -7

T25 Ted Potter Jr. -7

T25 SH Kim-7

T34 Harry Hole-6

T34 Roger Sloan-6

T34 Cody Gribble -6

T38 Brendon Todd -5

T38 Baton Keizer-5

T38 True Thegala -5

T38 SY Noh -5

T38 MJ Daffue -5

T38 Grayson Sig-5

T43 Michael Kim -4

T43 Ryan Gerrard -4

T43 Callum Taryn -4

T43 Peter Malnati -4

T43 Carson Young -4

T43 Shane Lowry -4

T43 Chaison Hadley -4

T50 Austin Smotherman-3

T50 Garrick Hugo -3

T52 Brent Grant-2

T52 Mike Wear -2

T52 Jason Dufner -2

T52 Cameron Percy -2

T52 Brian Jay -2

T57 Andrew Landry -1

T57 Scott Percy -1

T57 Cameron Young -1

T57 Adam Long -1

T57 Stuart McDonald -1

T57 James Hahn -1

T57 Peter Quest -1

T57 Songkang-1

T65 Richie Wirensky E.

T65 Scott Brown E

T65 Taylor Pendreth E

T68 Trevor Kuhn +1

T68 Akshay Bhatia +1

T68 Will Batman +1

T68 Bryce Garnett +1

T72 Henrik Norlander +2

T72 Vince Wally +2

T72 Martin Trainer +2

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