Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor

34-Year-Old Golfer
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2021–22 Fantasy Outlook
Taylor had a consistent enough season with 18-of-29 cuts made that would've made you think he would've qualified for the Tour playoffs, but a best finish of T10 wasn't quite enough. Not all is lost, however, as the Canadian is still exempt on tour for the next two seasons thanks to winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2020. Taylor has never been an elite ball-striker on tour, but if he can get his short-game back to where it was a couple years ago, he should be able to post more top-10s this season. Read Past Outlooks
Ties for 28th in Canada
June 14, 2022
Taylor carded a one-over 71 on Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open to finish four-under and tied for 28th.
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Taylor played his final five holes in three-over-par at St. George's to drop outside of the top 25 late, though he still rose eight spots to No. 105 in the FedExCup standings with the T28 finish back home in Canada. He's now placed T48 or better in three of four starts dating to the Wells Fargo Championship, and he'll be in the field again this week for his first U.S. Open appearance since 2019.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Taylor has established himself as a reliable PGA Tour player, qualifying for the playoffs in each of the last four seasons. He's a well-balanced player who doesn't have any major weaknesses in his game but also lacks an elite strength. After a convincing win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Taylor's next best finish thereafter was a T35 result. Nevertheless, the win will get him in many events next year and plenty of opportunities for a big payday.
Taylor has spent five seasons on the PGA Tour and he's been remarkably consistent during that time. In four of those five seasons, he ranked between 102and and 129th on the FedEx points list. His best season was 2017, when he finished 84th on the list. His earnings have ranged from $600k to $1.2 million. Basically, he's steady, but there's really no upside. Not a great formula for salary cap purposes.
Last season was Taylor's fourth on the PGA Tour and it was much like his previous three as far as his standing on the FedEx points list. Taylor actually picked up a win in his rookie season of 2015, but even with that win, he barely managed to top $1 million. Since then, he's topped $1 million just once in three seasons. Last season was fairly uneventful as Taylor managed just two top-10s all season. He picked up a top-10 in his first start in the fall and another top-10 in the final event prior to the FedEx playoffs. That top-10 was huge for Taylor, however, as it locked up his card for this season. Although he has that card, Taylor hasn't shown enough in his four years on the PGA Tour to justify a salary cap selection this season.
Taylor earned his spot inside the top-100 by recording three top-10s in the span of seven events, but he flamed-out at the end of the season, missing the cut in three of his final five events. On the positive side, his four top-10s were a career high as was his 20 cuts made. Taylor appears to be trending upward, but the question is – how fast can he improve. His number from last season is not too much of a burden, so he's certainly a guy that you can take a chance on in salary cap leagues.
Taylor is exempt by virtue of winning the 2014 Sanderson Farms, which is looking like an aberration. He had only one top-10 last season, in the alternate-field Puerto Rico Open. Nothing indicates a more successful season ahead.
Of the guys who made it through via the Web.com Tour Finals, Taylor might have the best story of them all. Dewsweeping in one of the first groups out, Taylor shot a 63 on the Dye Valley course at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the Web.com Tour Championship to clinch his card, capping off a season in which he had no top-5 finishes but three top-30 finishes in the Web.com Tour Finals that gave him enough money to get a PGA Tour card. 11 missed cuts in 24 starts certainly doesn’t have a nice look to it, and a Reshuffle List of 34th will make the road tougher, but that 63 did show that this guy has a lot of moxie.
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Unavailable for Puerto Rico Open
February 27, 2022
Taylor won't play in the Puerto Rico Open, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com reports.
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Posts four rounds in the 60s
February 7, 2022
Taylor fired a three-under 69 on Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to finish tied for 14th.
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Climbs leaderboard Sunday
August 16, 2021
Taylor fired a six-under 64 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to finish in a share of 10th place.
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Ties for 29th in Hawaii
January 11, 2021
Taylor carded a one-under 72 on Sunday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to finish 13-under and tied for 29th.
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Returning in Memphis
July 27, 2020
Taylor (undisclosed) is listed in the field for this week's WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
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