Canadian Open security guard flattens Adam Hadwin after Nick Taylor playoff win

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Nick Taylor’s stunning Canadian Open playoff victory took a bizarre twist when compatriot and fellow PGA golfer Adam Hadwin was flattened by a security guard on the 18th green. Canadian Taylor had just beaten Britain’s Tommy Fleetwood after sinking a monster putt for an eagle.

Played out in the Toronto rain, Taylor’s 72-foot putt was enough to earn him his third PGA tour win and in doing so he became the first homegrown player to win the Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954.

A pumped-up crowd celebrated wildly as Taylor sunk the longest putt of his career, but as his close friend Hadwin raced onto the 18th green spraying a bottle of champagne, he was intercepted by a burley security guard who bundled him to the floor, before several other security personnel moved in to restrain him.

The overzealous security guard had assumed that Hadwin, who was wearing a hoodie, was an overexcited spectator who had sneaked through security to run onto the green.

Speaking about the incident in a press conference after his historic triumph, Taylor said: “Out of the corner of my eye I saw he got a nice tackle there. I hope he’s alright. He was upright when I saw him later. So I hope he doesn’t wake up with any broken ribs or anything.”

Hadwin is ranked 75th in the world and had finished tied for 12th in the tournament on 11 under par. After the incident, his wife Jessica later Tweeted an update on his condition, saying: “I’m thrilled to report that Adam Hadwin is still in the land of the living and in true Canadian form apologised to the security guard for being tackled.”

Taylor’s sensational winning putt denied Fleetwood a first-ever title on the PGA Tour, with the Southport-born star finishing the tournament on 17 under. Speaking after the playoff Fleetwood, who has now finished as a PGA Tour runner-up on five occasions, said: “Nice moment for Nick and the fans here. So it’s great to be a part of that Sunday and that play-off. I had my chances, really. It wasn’t to be this time. But, yeah, congratulations to him.”

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Fleetwood and Taylor both birdied the first additional hole before parring the next two before the Canadian’s monster Eagle settled the matter in his favour.

After becoming the first Canadian winner of the event in 69 years, Taylor said: “This is for all the guys through the years, this is for my family at home. To kind of break that curse, if you want to call it is, I’m pretty speechless.

“With the rain coming down, the slope, obviously, we knew it was going to be slow. To get it there was, obviously, a bit of a surprise honestly. For that to drop is – it was a huge surprise but an amazing one.”

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