Tommy Fleetwood's quest for a PGA TOUR title remains unfulfilled after a dramatic playoff defeat to Nick Taylor at the RBC Canadian Open. Despite being considered one of the best players yet to win on the tour, Fleetwood faced tough competition from both Taylor and the passionate Canadian crowd. With Canada's national open drought stretching close to seventy years, the support for Taylor was unwavering.
In the final moments of the tournament, Fleetwood had a chance to secure his elusive first title. A birdie on the par-5 finishing hole would have allowed him to surpass Taylor's clubhouse lead and claim victory. However, two errant swings led to a par, ultimately resulting in a tie with Taylor at 17-under. On the fourth playoff hole, Taylor delivered a spectacular 72-foot eagle putt that sent shockwaves through the crowd and secured the win.
This marked Fleetwood's fifth runner-up finish on the PGA TOUR. Despite his consistent performance and numerous accolades, including six DP World Tour wins and five top-five finishes in majors, he has yet to secure a victory on the biggest stage. Fleetwood acknowledged the disappointment but remained optimistic, stating that he would continue to practice and prepare for his upcoming major tournament.
Throughout the RBC Canadian Open, Fleetwood showcased exceptional play, including a strong performance on Sunday with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes. However, a wayward tee shot and second shot on the 18th hole led to a conservative approach and a two-putt par, ultimately missing out on victory.
Despite the setback, Fleetwood praised Taylor's performance and acknowledged the significance of his win for the Canadian fans. While the wait for his own title continues, Fleetwood remains focused on his next opportunity to make a mark at the U.S. Open, taking place at The Los Angeles Country Club. He expressed confidence in his game and looks forward to the challenge ahead.
Just as Canada celebrated its long-awaited moment of triumph, Fleetwood's time to shine will surely come.