Top Husky Moments Of 2009: Taylor's U.S. Open Run

Dec. 18, 2009

As 2009 comes to a close, GoHuskies.com will be taking a look back at some of the great Husky athletics accomplishments of the past calendar year. Over the next few weeks, we'll present a great moment from '09 each day. Make sure to have your say on your favorite memory of 2009 here.

Top Husky Moments Of 2009: Taylor's U.S. Open Run



Nick Taylor's U.S. Open run cemented his stature as one of the world's top amateur golfers in 2009.


Husky golfer Nick Taylor received numerous honors, including the McCormack Award for the World's Top Amateur, and won a UW-record three NCAA events during the 2008-09 season. Despite all the accolades, it may be a 36th-place finish that stands out most to the All-American golfer.

What's the big deal about a 36th-place result? When that 36th-place finish comes in one of the PGA Tour's four major events -- the U.S. Open -- and is the best finish among all amateurs entered in the event, it is an accomplishment that etches your name in golf history books.

Rain storms doused Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., forcing the cancellation of Thursday's play and wreaking general havoc over the course. The wet conditions proved to be favorable for Taylor, who grew up honing his skills in Abbottsford, B.C., and he stormed out of the gates and made an early charge up the leaderboard.

The field tried to jam two rounds of action into Friday and Taylor was able to complete 32 holes and was tied for sixth at 2-under par before play was suspended due to darkness. He shot an unremarkable 3-over 73 in the first round, before grabbing the attention of the golf world with by shooting 5-under through the first 14 holes of the second round. He hit a remarkable six birdies in those 14 holes, including chipping in from the sand as darkness crept up on him on the Par-3 14th hole. He would hold steady the next morning to not only make the cut, but equal the best round ever by an amateur in the U.S. Open with a 5-under 65.

'It's a good feeling to be able to make the cut and play the weekend,' Taylor said to the Associated Press. 'You know, I'm a couple under par, have really no expectations ... so just go out and play as well as I can and not have any pressure out there for the most part.'

On Sunday, the field tried to cram 36 holes into one day and Taylor was not able to maintain the momentum from the day before. He bogeyed six holes and shot a 5-over 75 in the third round, followed by two bogeys through six holes of the final round. He found himself in 34th place at 6-over for the tournament before darkness halted play. Taylor would return to the course on Monday and ended up equaling his third-round 5-over 75. He would ultimately end up in a respectable 37th place at 8-over-par 288.

Although he did not win the U.S. Open, Taylor put on display what UW fans have known for a long time on one of golf's largest stages -- that one of the world's best golfers represents the Husky purple-and-gold.

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