February 9, 2020 / 11:49 PM / 2 months ago

Golf-Canadian Taylor outplays Mickelson to win at Pebble Beach

Feb 9 (Reuters) - Nick Taylor bent but did not break, surviving an error-strewn stretch and whipping winds to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am by four strokes in California on Sunday.

Taylor set up victory with a chip-in birdie at the 15th hole and was flawless down the stretch to become the first Canadian to win the storied event on the Monterey Peninsula.

Despite dropping four shots in four holes from the 11th, a two-under-par 70 was enough to fend off Phil Mickelson, in the process becoming the event’s first wire-to-wire winner since Mickelson 15 years ago.

Taylor finished at 19-under 268 for his second PGA Tour victory, his previous success coming in his rookie season in 2015.

Mickelson, seeking a record sixth Pebble Beach win, pulled to within two shots after Taylor double-bogeyed the 14th, but that was as close as he got on the back nine.

He faded to shoot 74 and finish third as fellow American Kevin Streelman (68) grabbed second place. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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