Did Nick Taylor's Win Put A Bow On Canadians' Best PGA Tour Season?

Did Nick Taylor's Win Put A Bow On Canadians' Best PGA Tour Season?
By Thomas Leary

Happy Victory Monday to Ontario sportsbooks, which saw 35-year-old Nick Taylor yesterday win the RBC Canadian Open in a thrilling 4-hole playoff over Englishman Tommy Fleetwood. 

The crowd at Oakdale Golf & Country Club got to witness history, as Taylor became the first Canadian citizen to win Canada's national open since 1954, and the first born in Canada to win it since 1914. 

Taylor, now a three-time winner on the PGA Tour but never a heavy favorite on Ontario betting apps, will likely never have to buy a Labatt beer (or whatever his preferred poison) north of the border again. 

With a Canadian making feel-good golf history, the team at OntarioBets got to thinking how we could put this win in perspective. How so? It turns out Taylor's individual accomplishment is just part of a great golf story emerging for Canadians fans and bettors. 

OntarioBets.com utilized PGATour.com to research the most wins in a season by Canadian players, and let's just say the 2022-2023 season is already one for the record books.

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Record 4 Canadian Winners On Tour This Season

The way this PGA Tour season is going, one might want to place a few futures at DraftKings Sportsbook Ontario on a couple Canadian players ahead of the FedExCup Playoffs. 

That's because this season, which runs from Sept. 15, 2022-Aug. 27, 2023, has already seen a record number of Canadian winners, with 4 in total. 

First came Mac Hughes' win last October in a playoff over Sepp Straka at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. The win, Hughes' second in his career, stamped his ticket to The Masters and jump-started what has become a record-year for Canadians. 

Next came Adam Svensson's maiden PGAT victory in November on Sea Island, Georgia, where the Surrey-native shot 62-64 on the weekend to capture the RSM Classic. Canadian fans would have to wait a fair bit for the next victory, but Corey Conners eventually delivered in late March at the Valero Texas Open, also the site of his first career win back in 2019. 

Finally, Taylor's win this past weekend, with fellow Canadians Mike Weir, Adam Hadwin and Conners watching on, gave Canada their fourth overall winner this season, with a few months more to go! 

How much history has this quartet set? Including Svensson (the most recent first-time winner), Canada has only had 18 total winners on the PGA Tour, and 2022-23 is by far their most successful season collectively. 

Before this season, 2007 was the most recent year in which the country had two different winners (Mike Weir and Stephen Ames). They both also won during the 2004 season. 

After that, Canadian fans had to go all the way back to 1957 for multiple winners (Stan Leonard and Al Balding). Suffice it to say, this season has been one to remember for Canadian golf fans, and while Conners' win back in March technically made it the best PGAT season on record for Canada, Taylor capturing the national open is the icing on the cake and set a new high-water mark for years to come. 

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Can A Canadian Win the U.S. Open?

With Canadians finding the winner's circle early and often this year, is it fair to think one can capture this week's major, the U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club? 

Time will tell, but none of the four mentioned above enter the week as favorites by any means over at Caesars Ontario sportsbook

Conners might be the best bet at +7500, as he gained good major experience just last month at the PGA Championship, where he played in the second-to-last group on Sunday. 

Then comes Taylor at +12500, who has a chance to capture his second national open in as many weeks. Caesars is less keen on both Svensson (+25000) and Hughes (+27500), but let's remember: this has been Canada's year. 

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Thomas Leary is a news editor and writer for OntarioBets.com. He previously worked at Sports Business Journal for over 6 years, where he helped identify emerging sectors across sports business, such as legalized gambling, and helped launch the publication’s digital newsletter division.

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