November 10, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Nick Taylor rallied from four shots down to become the third first-time winner on TOUR this year. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
Six months ago, Nick Taylor had never cashed a check bigger than $30,000 and couldn't have been convinced that he would be on the PGA TOUR, much less winning on it.
Sunday's winner of the Sanderson Farms Championship has his PGA TOUR card for the next two years, is in the top 10 in the FedExCup standings and can set his schedule for the rest of the season. The victory also gets him next year's PLAYERS Championship and the PGA Championship.
A day later it still hadn't all set in for the 26-year-old rookie.
"This morning I was looking at the PGA TOUR schedule and now that I can choose my schedule I think is the biggest thing that is going to have to sink in," Taylor said. "I want to play every event on TOUR; you're going to have to get a leash on me to hold myself back so I don't wear myself out.
"I got hundreds of texts, mostly from family and friends at home. I go on Facebook and Twitter and there were more people watching it than I expected. ... It's pretty cool."
It also frees him up.
Taylor, the 2007 Canadian Amateur champion and top -ranked amateur in the world five years ago, missed 11 of 24 cuts on the Web.com Tour in 2014 before he made a late-season push to reach the Web.com Tour Championship, where he tied for 21st to earn status on the PGA TOUR. He shot 63 in the final round of the Web.com Tour season to clinch his card.
That finish at TPC Sawgrass also gave him something to dig out of the memory bank when he needed it Sunday in Mississippi.
"That was one of the rounds of my life," Taylor said of the Web.com Tour Championship. "It was a situation where I needed to play well. It was a big round for a lot of things, not just position in that tournament."
Nick Taylor comments after winning the Sanderson Farms Championship