Nick Taylor, whose game is as consistently reliable as a Swiss watch these days, reeled off his fourth top-10 finish of the PGA Tour Canada season this week.
The Abbotsford golfer tied for seventh at the ATB Financial Classic, held at Country Hills Golf Club in Calgary. He carded rounds of 68, 66, 71 and 70 to end up at -13, four strokes back of winner Joe Panzeri.
Taylor was in a five-way tie for the lead at -14 with four holes remaining in his final round on Friday, but mustered just three pars and a bogey the rest of the way. Panzeri, meanwhile, rebounded from back-to-back bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes by notching an eagle on the par-5 13th, and he added a birdie on the 18th to seal the win.
Taylor’s four top-10 results – in just five tournaments – are the most on the circuit. But he actually dropped from fifth to sixth in the PGA Tour Canada order of merit after the Calgary event, as Panzeri leaped from 40th to third by virtue of his win.
The top five on the list at season’s end earn Web.com Tour cards, and this is the first time in 2013 that Taylor finds himself on the outside looking in. He’s earned $26,931 this season.
Taylor will try to climb back into the top five at the next event on the PGA Tour Canada slate – the Great Waterway Classic, Aug. 22-25 at the Upper Canada Golf Course in Morrisburg, Ont.