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Drink-spraying PGA Tour pro wrestled to the ground while celebrating at RBC Canadian Open

As Nick Taylor rolled in his monster eagle putt to win the RBC Canadian Open, Adam Hadwin charged on to the green and was taken down by a security guard who reacted in the only way he knew how…

 

Adam Hadwin and a host of Canadian golfers were watching and willing Nick Taylor to win the RBC Canadian Open yesterday evening.

As Taylor reached the fourth playoff hole against Tommy Fleetwood, the tension was at boiling point on the 18th hole at Oakdale Golf and Country Club which was surrounded by spectators.

Taylor rolled in an incredible 72-foot eagle putt on the par-5 hole to spark jubilant scenes around the putting surface on a wet day in Toronto.

Hadwin couldn’t contain his excitement, leaving Corey Conners and Mike Weir to burst on to the green with a bottle of champagne to celebrate with Taylor.

But this was lost on one security guard. He saw a man running toward the tournament winner, so duty called!

Hadwin was rugby-tackled to the ground in footage that went viral from so many angles on social media.

Taylor had become the first Canadian to win their national open on the PGA Tour since 1954 – at the expense of Fleetwood who is still on the hunt for his first win on the circuit.

“Corner of my eye I saw he got a nice tackle there,” Taylor said afterward. “I hope he’s all right. He was upright when I saw him later.

“So I hope he doesn’t wake up tomorrow morning with any broken ribs or anything.”

Thankfully, his wife Jessica confirmed on Twitter that her husband, a one-time winner on tour himself, was safe and sound.

“Sorry to leave y’all hanging, had to get the toddler ready for bed. I’m thrilled to report that @ahadwingolf is still among the land of the living and in true Canadian form, apologised to the security guard for being tackled.”

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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