Date: July 06, 2009
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Nisbet second at Sahalee

With assistance from Sahalee Country Club AIS/Golf Australia National Squad member Daniel Nisbet finished runner-up at the 16th Sahalee Players Championship in Washington, Seattle. Nisbet fired a final round 3-over par 75 but was beaten by one stroke by University of Washington team member Nick Taylor- the world s top ranked amateur in the R&A amateur rankings. The two players came to the difficult 211 yard par-3 17th hole locked at 4-under par overall. Taylor hit a beautiful shot right over the flag that ended up 40 feet from the hole. Nisbet followed Taylor by stiffing it to 6-feet. Taylor, who had struggled with his putter much of the week, said to his caddie I m due to make one as they approached the 17th green. He would proceed to drain the birdie putt while Nisbet pushed his 6-footer right of the hole. Taylor, holding a one stroke lead on the 18th green, calmly made another birdie, holing a 15-foot putt to seal the victory at 6-under par 282. Nisbet also made birdie on 18 holing his 7-foot birdie putt to finish one back at 5-under par 283. Fellow Golf Australia National Squad member Matthew Giles finished in a tie for 47th. Sahalee Country Club has played host to the 1998 PGA Championship, 2002 World Golf Championship NEC Invitational, and will once again host a major professional event with the U.S. Senior Open coming to the club in 2010. FINAL LEADERBOARD 1 Nick Taylor Abbotsford, BC 69 70 70 73 282 (-6) 2 Daniel Nisbet Caboolture, Australia 73 67 68 75 283 (-5) 3 Eddie Olson Aptos, Calif. +5 F -4 71 68 68 77 284 4 Lindsay Renolds Christina Lake, BC +1 F -2 71 72 70 73 286 T5 Dan Woltman Beaver Dam, Wis. Even F Even 68 77 71 72 288 T5 Ryan Hallisey Granite Bay, Calif. +3 F Even 69 70 74 75 288 T5 Trent Whitekiller Sallisaw, Okla. +1 F Even 72 70 73 73 288 T8 Richard Lee Covington, Wash. -3 F +2 74 74 73 69 290 T8 James Sacheck The Woodlands, Texas Even F +2 69 73 76 72 290 T8 Derek Berg Kenmore, Wash. +3 F +2 69 70 76 75 290 11 Riley Wheeldon Comox, BC +4 F +3 71 73 71 76 291