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Cory Renfrew Monday Qualifies For Waste Management Phoenix Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:02 Monday, 26 January 2015 23:48

by Alfie Lau
 

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It was just after 6 p.m. at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale and almost too dark to see anything, but Victoria’s Cory Renfrew smiled so widely that it almost lit up the course.
 
Renfrew, listed officially as a Scottsdale resident – he does live here with roommate Eric Hawerchuk, as they chase their golf dreams – is the pride of Victoria and shot a (-6) round of 66 on the Pine Course at McCormick Ranch to claim one of the three spots into the Waste Management Open, Phoenix’s biggest party masquerading as a golf tournament.

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Nick Taylor And Mike Darby Living A Phoenix Dream

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 23:33 Monday, 26 January 2015 23:16

by Alfie Lau
 

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It’s a dream a decade in the making.
 
Richmond caddy Mike Darby has wanted to work the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a decade and now that his boss, Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor has an almost three-year exemption on the PGA TOUR, Darby and Taylor can block off this week through 2017.
 
“I thought we would get in last year when Nick tried to Monday qualify but we just missed,” said Darby. “It’s a pretty awesome place.”

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Valuable Experience The Payoff For Taylor At Hyundai

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 21:50 Monday, 12 January 2015 21:31

by Gord Montgomery
 
Inside Golf reporter Gord Montgomery is following Canada's Nick Taylor during his rounds at the Hyundai Tournament Of Champions and will be posting daily stories on the Abbostford, B.C. professional from Kapalua in Maui.- ed.
 

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It won't be the biggest cheque Nick Taylor ever cashes during his PGA TOUR life but the experience he gained at this year's Hyundai Tournament of Champions is something he'll be able to take to the bank week after week.
 
Taylor, from Abbotsford, B.C., finished the 72-hole winners-only event at (-5), well behind the top finishers this year. The thing is though, he never had a round above par on the demanding Plantation Course and that memory will stick with him moving forward.

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Taylor Stuck In Neutral On Moving Day At Hyundai

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2015 23:25 Sunday, 11 January 2015 23:09

by Gord Montgomery
 
Inside Golf reporter Gord Montgomery is following Canada's Nick Taylor during his rounds at the Hyundai Tournament Of Champions and will be posting daily stories on the Abbostford, B.C. professional from Kapalua in Maui.- ed.

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The third day of any PGA TOUR event is known as moving day, and on the opening hole it looked like Canadian Nick Taylor had his game packed properly for some good scoring as he tried to move up the leaderboard at the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
 
But then his moving van got stuck in neutral.
 
After recording a birdie on the par 4, 520-yard opener with a laser 3-iron to within four feet, Taylor bogeyed the par 3, 221-yard second when he airmailed his second shot, with a 3 iron, to the back of the green and three-putted.

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A Day Of Lessons Learned For Taylor

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2015 23:25 Saturday, 10 January 2015 16:49

by Gord Montgomery
 
Inside Golf reporter Gord Montgomery is following Canada's Nick Taylor during his rounds at the Hyundai Tournament Of Champions and will be posting daily stories on the Abbostford, B.C. professional from Kapalua in Maui.- ed.

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Even as a PGA  TOUR pro there are lessons to be learned in tournament play and that was the case for Canadian Nick Taylor during day two of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
 
Sitting in a tie for 12th after the opening 18 holes at 4-under par, Taylor never really got anything going on his second 18 while playing partner Zach Johnson, the tourney's defending champion, lit it up.
 
For Taylor, an even par 73 saw him tumble down the leaderboard after his opening round of 69.

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