Rookie Taylor wins Sanderson Farms Championship


PGA Tour rookie Nick Taylor looked like a veteran this week in Mississippi en route to his first win on Tour. The 26-year-old posted a 6-under 66 to win the Sanderson Farms Championship by two. Here's how Taylor got it done on Sunday in Mississippi:

Leaderboard: Nick Taylor (-16), Boo Weekley (-14), Jason Bohn (-14), John Rollins (-13), Peter Uihlein (-13), Justin Thomas (-13)

What it means: Taylor becomes the third first-time PGA Tour winner this season (Ben Martin, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; Robert Streb, McGladrey Classic). The win comes in his fourth start this season and gets him an invite into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, The Players and the PGA Championship. Taylor is also exempt on Tour through the 2016-2017 season. 

Round of the day: Peter Uihlein posted the low round of the day, a bogey-free 7-under 65 that catapulted him up the leaderboard and into a tie for fourth. He nearly did one better, as his birdie putt on the 72nd hole hit the cup and bounced out. His Sanderson Farms showing is now his best on Tour, edging out the sixth-place finish he recorded at the 2013 Puerto Rico Open.

Best of the rest: Taylor's 66 on Sunday included two bogeys (at the sixth and 18th holes) and eight birdies, including three in a row on the back nine. His round also included 10 one-putts.

Biggest disappointment: There was hope that John Rollins would end his winless drought that dated back to 2009. Through three rounds, he led by two and was the only player with all three rounds in the 60s. He shot 1-over 73 Sunday to fall back into a tie for fourth, three shots back of Taylor.

Shot of the day: At the time Taylor teed off on the par-3 13th, he was tied for the lead. He stuck it to a few feet and rolled in the birdie putt to take the lead. That birdie would set up three in a row on the back nine, helping him cruise into the winner's circle.