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Vaughn Taylor

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 3/9/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 150

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Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 251 Vaughn Taylor hung up a 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to post 10-under 132, up 38 places on the live leaderboard to T6, five back of 36-hole leader Marc Leishman.
This matches a season low for the 42-year-old shot two other times, most recently in R1 of the Sony. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, gaining 2.082 strokes approaching-the-green, currently ranked 2nd in the latter with a cumulative 4.226. The Augusta State alum squared a lone bogey-5 at 18, offset by eight birdies at 10, 12, 14, 16, 1 and 5-7, three from between 12 and 25 feet. He posted 1.563 putts per GIR and 2.594 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. The Virginia native opened with a four-birdie, one-bogey 68. May 18 - 7:34 PM

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For the time being Vaughn Taylor is still in the field for this week's RBC Heritage, potentially snapping a streak of three pre-tournament WDs since his last official start. UPDATE: Taylor missed the cut by nine shots on 9-over 75-76=151.

Taylor was last seen posting a T59 at the Honda Classic (Feb 25th) but he's gone missing since then. There has been word of a wrist issue which has forced him into pre-tournament WDs before the Valspar, Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the Houston Open. Before that stretch there was no dropoff in performance, making the cut in four straight events before his injury. Gamers should probably take the wait-and-see approach before re-investing. There is even still a small chance that he backs out before his round 1 tee time. Gamers should tread lightly but potentially look to invest in mid-tournament DFS formats if he flashes anything positive over the first few rounds.
Apr 11 - 1:40 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Vaughn Taylor has withdrawn from this week's Houston Open, his third pre-tournament WD over the last month.

Taylor also withdrew from the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational prior to the start of those events. He continues his run of pre-tournament WDs this week. PGA TOUR Media announced it was a wrist injury that held him out of the API so we can assume that is the same injury holding him out this week until we hear otherwise. Before this recent run of WDs, Taylor rattled off four straight cuts made including a pair of top 20s. Gamers should remove him from weekly lineups for the Houston Open and let him ease his way back into competition before reinvesting.
Mar 26 - 3:52 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Vaughn Taylor has withdrawn from the field at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. First alternate Tyler Duncan will slide in to take his spot.

Taylor has shown no signs of injury in his form line: T11-T55-T20-T59 over the last four. However, he was a pre-tournament WD at the Valspar Championship and now he's waited until mid-week to back out of this week's event. There is no word on a nagging injury but that is the likely case here. Gamers should remove Taylor from their weekly lineups and put him on the wait-and-see list before re-investing down the road.
Mar 14 - 11:34 AM

Prior to the start of the event, Vaughn Taylor has withdrawn from this week's Valspar Championship, paving the way for first alternate Andrew Putnam.

Taylor was arriving on the heels of four straight cuts made, highlighted by a T11 at the WM Phoenix Open during the first week of February. Despite those solid results, he's signed for rounds in the 60s in just 4-of-12 rounds during that stretch. There is no word on the reason for this WD but gamers should remove Taylor from all lineups this week.
Mar 7 - 11:04 AM

World No. 324 Vaughn Taylor tacked on a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a two-day total of 7-under 135, up one place on the live leaderboard to T6, two adrift of 36-hole clubhouse leader Daniel Berger.

The 41-year-old hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 0.809 strokes off-the-tee and 1.364 approaching-the-green. He squared two bogeys at holes 4 (3-putt from 47'7") and 11 (3-putt from 68'6"), outpaced by five birdies at 3, 9, 10, 17 and 18, two from between 10 and 13 feet. The Augusta University alum recorded 1.800 putts per GIR and 0.339 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. If he's stays in the top 10 at day's end, it'll be the ninth time, dating to last fall's Sanderson Farms, that he's been in the top 10 after any round.
Feb 2 - 5:21 PM

Vaughn Taylor bounced back from an early hole to style a 4-under-par 31-36=67 during round one of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, placing him in a share of eighth place on the live leaderboard.

Taylor did most of his damage before reaching the greens today (+3.108 strokes gained tee-to-green vs. 0.568 strokes gained putting). The highlight came at the par-3 fourth hole where he nearly aced the 183-yard hole that was playing about 10 yards shorter today, tapping in for birdie from inside two feet. The 41-year-old has been boom-or-bust here in the Arizona desert, previously posting a 6-for-8 record at this event with two top 15s and the rest landing at T40 or worse. With prime weather on deck all week, he will need to keep his foot on the gas for three more rounds.
Feb 1 - 7:31 PM

Vaughn Taylor picked apart Waialae Country Club to the tune of a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 during the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, throwing his name straight into contention.

Taylor used a balanced attack today on his route to 11 (of 14) fairways, 16 greens in regulation, and 2.396 strokes gained putting. Highlights included a trio of birdie splashes from the 13-to-17 foot range. Playing his 19th round at Waialae Country Club, this will go in the books as his new personal best here (previously a 5-under 65 in R3 last year). Taylor finished T8 in his latest start (RSM Classic) despite losing 0.3 strokes putting on the week. If he can maintain a warm putter, he should keep his name in the mix heading into the weekend.
Jan 11 - 5:06 PM

World No. 255 Vaughn Taylor bobbed and weaved to a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of The RSM Classic to conclude on 13-under 269, down two spots to T8 with play winding down.

This was the Augusta State alum's fifth appearance and just a second cash (T54/2011). It's his second top 10 of the season among three cashes in five starts and second top 10 (T10, Sanderson Farms). After opening in 67-66-68, the 41-year-old began T6 on 11-under, seven adrift of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted 17 greens in regulation, losing strokes off-the-tee and around-the-green, but gaining 3.334 on approach. The Augusta, Georgia, resident squared two bogey-4s at 12 and 17 (3-putt from 35'11"), outpaced by four circles at 7, 9, 13 and 15, all from inside of 10 feet. He posted a pedestrian 1.824 putts per GIR and -1.373 SG: Putting, needing 33 total putts.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 04:24:00 PM

World No. 255 Vaughn Taylor patched together a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of The RSM Classic for a 54-hole total of 11-under 201, down three places to T6, a distant seven in arrears of leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off in 67-66, the Augusta State University alum began T3 on 9-under, five back of 36-hole leader Cook. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and conjured 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.246 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.151 around-the-green. The 41-year-old carded three conventional birdies at holes 5, 7, and 17 (from 23'3"), adding a pitch-in birdie-3 at 14 from 38'5" away. He posted 1.727 putts per GIR and 0.242 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 04:23:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor continued his charge up the leaderboard in round two of The RSM Classic, styling a 4-under-par 34-32=66 over at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course, climbing to 9-under 133 ahead of the weekend.

Taylor found himself in a share of eighth place after day one, posting a 5-under 67 on the Plantation Course. He didn't skip a beat as he switched courses, trading six birdies with a pair of bogeys. It was all about steady approach play today as he landed 15 of his 18 approach shots inside the 30-foot bubble. That was good for +2.455 strokes gained approaching-the-green at the time he walked off the course. In four attempts at the RSM, Taylor has never finished better than T54 (2011) but he's well on his way to eclipsing that.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 03:55:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor blitzed El Camaleón Golf Club to the tune of a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-32=64 during the opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, placing him in sole possession of second place on the early leaderboard.

Taylor arrived with two missed cuts to go along with a T10 (Sanderson Farms) to kick off the new season. Despite the strong finish at the Country Club of Jackson, this round is his best of the young season. It was all set up with strong play off-the-tee, striping 10 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 13 greens in regulation. He then went 5-for-5 getting up-and-down to save par, maintaining a clean card throughout the round. The highlight came at the par-5 13th where he holed out from the rough for an unconventional eagle. With his most recent win coming at the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, perhaps there is something about coastal golf that fits his eye. Taylor is currently two off the torrid pace set by Patton Kizzire.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 05:12:00 PM

World No. 249 Vaughn Taylor pieced together a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to post 9-under 207, six in arrears of 54-hole leader and playing competitor Ryan Armour, who shot a day-tying-low 67 out of the final threesome.

After kicking off in 70-66, the 41-year-old began T3 and that's where he finished, but will now play out of the third-to-last threesome in the finale. He found six (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 1.149 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.857 approaching-the-green. The Augusta State alum squared two bogeys at holes 4 and 18, lowlighted by a walk-off 3-putt from 66'2", slightly outpaced by three circles at 3, 11 and 13 (from 23'8"). He recorded 1.857 putts per GIR and -0.340 SG: Putting, taking 31 total putts.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 06:20:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor swiftly navigated the Country Club of Jackson with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-32=66 during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, setting his eyes on the prize as he enters the weekend on 8-under 136, currently good for T3 on the live leaderboard.

Taylor arrived with a pair of T20s on his CC of Jackson resume, but it wasn't smooth sailing out of the gate this week. He eased into the week with three birdies and one bogey in round one. Taylor took it up a notch on Friday as he peppered 16 greens in regulation and then gained 1.683 strokes putting. Four of his six birdie conversion today came from inside five feet but he also added a 43'2" birdie bomb at the par-4 12th. Based on his past history here, we could chalk him up for another T20 but with just one bogey thru 36 holes, he may decide to make a run at his fourth career TOUR title. At the midpoint he ranks inside the top 30 in strokes gained off-the-tee, approach-to-the-green, AND putting.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 07:01:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor tamed Sedgefield Country Club for a second straight day, recording a 4-under-par 34-32=66 to arrive at the midpoint of the Wyndham Championship on 11-under 129, two off the pacesetters at the top.

Taylor started his day on the back nine and came out firing with the flat stick. He knocked in a 21'5" putt to save par at the 10th, drained a 37-footer at the 11th, and then bombed in a 69'10" eagle putt at the par-5 15th. Remarkably, he gained just 0.903 strokes putting by day's end, which says alot about his putting work on the other 15 holes. A steady aerial attack has been the recipe for success this week, pelting 33 (of 36) greens in regulation, currently T2 in the field in that regard. Entering the week 119th in the FedExCup race, Taylor was not in any real danger of losing his spot in the Playoffs, but a big finish this week would go along way toward helping him make a deeper run toward East Lake.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 06:17:00 PM