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Vaughn Taylor

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 3/9/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 150

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Vaughn Taylor takes his sticks to TPC Boston for his fourth appearance at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.
Taylor is 2-for-3 at TPC Boston including a solo third in 2005, which came prior to the FedExCup Playoffs era. Since 2007, he's posted a T41 and missed cut here in Norton, Massachusetts. The 40-year-old arrives this week ranked 79th in the FedExCup race, needing to jump inside the top 70 if he wants to advance onto Crooked Stick for next week's BMW Championship. On the season, Taylor ranks 18th in strokes gained approach-the-green but outside the top 120 in all other strokes gained sub-categories. Aug 31 - 12:39 PM
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Overnight co-leader Vaughn Taylor backed up with a 1-over-par 34-37=71 in today's second round of the Travelers Championship and a two-day total of 5-under 135, down eight places to T9.

The 40-year-old co-led with two others after an opening bogey-free 64. It was his first lead after any round since winning at Pebble Beach in come-from-behind fashion back in February. The Virginia native went off No. 10 tee in R2 and scuffled to a 2-over first half, overshadowing birdies at 11 (25'5") and 13 with bogeys at 10, 12, 17 and 18. He settled down from there, coming home in blemish-free 1-under, adding a birdie at the par-4 seventh from 10'0".
Aug 5 - 7:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor blitzed TPC River Highlands with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-30=64 during round one of the Travelers Championship to grab the early title of clubhouse leader.

Taylor was smothering greens from the get-go today, landing 16 greens in regulation to keep things stress-free with the flat stick. After a slow scoring start, he picked up steam to circle six birdies over his last 10 holes. That included a five-hole birdie train starting at the par-4 12th. Impressively, none of the putts on the train came from outside 8'6", highlighting just how good his iron play was today. Taylor walked off the course gaining 3.13 strokes approach-the-green. The 40-year-old hasn't posted a top 30 in 16 starts since the victory at Pebble Beach. Playing his 41st round here, this also goes in the books as his career-low at TPC River Highlands, previously posting 65 on five occasions.
Aug 4 - 1:25 PM

Vaughn Taylor kicked off his week at the 98th PGA Championship with a 2-under-par 34-34=68, positioning himself three strokes shy of Jimmy Walker at the top.

Taylor opened his round with nine straight pars and then missed a 3'4" par-saving attempt at the 10th. It looked like his round might take a turn for the worse there, but he responded with four birdies over his last six holes. It was largely due to the flat stick catching fire as he splashed in three putts from outside nine feet and holed one from the fringe at the par-4 14th (16'11"). Today's round was set up nicely by great play off the tee, missing just three fairways on the day. Taylor has never fared well in this event, entering with a 1-for-5 record, with the lone cut made being a T28 back in 2005. Currently T8 on the live leaderboard, he has a great chance to improve upon that disappointing PGA Championship record.
Jul 28 - 6:23 PM

Vaughn Taylor is at Baltusrol Golf Club for his return to the PGA Championship and is paired the first two rounds with Robert Streb and Kevin Na, getting underway on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. ET off No. 1 tee.

Back in February, the now 40-year-old improbably won his third TOUR title in his 286th career pro start, claiming the AT&T Pebble Beach by one over 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson. He didn't get into the field until Monday (first alternate) and entered the week on Past Champion status. Taylor shot a final-round 65 to erase a six-shot deficit, ending a near 11-year winless drought (2005 Reno-Tahoe Open, now the Barracuda). The Augusta, Georgia, resident hasn't done much since, missing nine cuts and a best of T35 (Wells Fargo). He's making his sixth appearance in the PGA, first since 2010, and his only cash is T28 on debut in 2005, also at Baltusrol.
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Jul 27 - 4:56 PM

Vaughn Taylor pieced together a 1-under-par 32-37=69 during round one of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, placing him five strokes off the 18-hole leader William McGirt.

Taylor wasted no time today, circling a tap-in birdie at the par-4 first and splashing in a 31'8" eagle putt on the par-5 second hole. He settled for seven straight pars following the 3-under through two start. After the turn he squared bogeys in three of his next five holes, squeezing in a birdie at the par-4 11th to keep himself in red numbers. Taylor is in the field this week thanks to his victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this season. It's his first appearance at Firestone Country Club since 2008.
Jun 30 - 7:24 PM

Vaughn Taylor contests his fourth Masters and is paired the first two rounds with Scotland's Sandy Lyle and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria.

Taylor is a native Virginian but an Augusta, Georgia, resident and 1999 Augusta State University alum. He earned his first two Masters invitations after finishing in the top 40 on the money list in 2005 and 2006, subsequently missing the cut in 2006 but posting a T10 in 2007 to get back for a third straight in 2008 (missed cut). The 40-year-old returns eight years later after improbably winning the AT&T Pebble Beach two months ago -- on Past Champion status -- for his third TOUR title and first since 2005. He's since missed four consecutive cuts, including by three at last week's Shell after rounds of 71-75.
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Apr 6 - 4:21 PM

Vaughn Taylor is in Humble, Texas, for his 10th playing of the Shell Houston Open.

The 40-year-old played nine consecutive SHO's between 2004-2012 but this is his first visit since T21 in 2012. His best was a playoff loss in 2010 to Anthony Kim and is his only top-10 finish. Seven weeks ago, Taylor ended a near 11-year winless drought with a Sunday 65 at the AT&T Pebble Beach but perhaps understandably, has since missed three straight cuts, though his last two (API, Valspar) were on the number. In six events on the season, he ranks 33rd on TOUR in strokes gained: tee-to-green but 187th in strokes gained: putting.
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Mar 30 - 3:49 PM

Vaughn Taylor fired a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in today's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to post the 72-hole clubhouse lead at 17-under 270, which proved to be enough for a one-shot victory over 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson and by two over Jonas Blixt.

The 447th-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking was playing this season on Past Champion status but cracked the field on Monday as first alternate. A pre-tourney 250/1 (outright) long shot improbably went on to claim his third TOUR title in his 286 pro start and notched first win since the 2005 Reno-Tahoe Open. After opening in 70-68-67, the 39-year-old began his final frame six adrift of four-time AT&T champ Mickelson. He split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.429 in putts per GIR. The Augusta, Georgia, resident circled nine (against two bogeys), including four straight on Nos. 13-16, the latter from 28'11", to come home in bogey-free 31. With the win, Taylor is now exempt on TOUR thru 2017-18 and returns to the Masters for a fourth time and first since missing the cut in 2008.
Feb 14 - 6:39 PM

Vaughn Taylor fired a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in today's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to conclude his ninth appearance at 17-under 270, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

As we noted earlier in the tourney, the No. 447 in the Official World Golf Ranking is playing this season on Past Champion status but cracked the field on Monday as first alternate. He's won twice on TOUR in 285 pro starts, but not since the 2005 Reno-Tahoe Open. After opening in 70-68-67, the 39-year-old began his final frame six adrift of 54-hole leader and four-time AT&T champ Phil Mickelson. He split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.429 in putts per GIR. The Augusta, Georgia, resident circled nine (against two bogeys), including four straight on Nos. 13-16 to come home in bogey-free 31. He had good scoring chances on 17 and 18 from inside 14 feet but missed both, and now he waits.
Feb 14 - 5:29 PM

Vaughn Taylor orchestrated a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in Saturday's third round at the Monterey Peninsula CC's Shore Course to hang 10-under 205 on the board, up five places on the day and six back of 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson.

The Web.com Tour grad, No. 447 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is playing this season on Past Champion status but cracked the field on Monday as first alternate. Making his ninth appearance, he sits T8 after 54 holes (70-68-67) and looks to improve on a personal-best T10 here last year. The 39-year-old's stats after three days: 16 birdies (T6); one eagle (T7); six bogeys (T21) and one double (T42). He's 29/41 in driving accuracy (T31) and T5 in greens in regulation (40/54), including 15 in R3. Taylor is paired with Aussie Matt Jones in R4 and both players' amateur teams made the finale.
Feb 14 - 9:42 AM

Vaughn Taylor is set to make his ninth appearance at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and third start of 2015-16.

Taylor was first alternate when the field was published on Friday but got the call-up early Monday morning. In his second event (of 12 total) last season, he posted a tidy T10 here on rounds of 70-67-67-68 -- chasing missed cuts in 2012 and 2013. The 39-year-old, playing once again on Past Champion status, has made just two starts in 2015-16 posting a T20 at the Sanderson Farms and a missed cut three months ago at the RSM. His only other action was a missed cut two weeks ago at the Web.com Tour's Panama Claro Championship and was scheduled to play last week's Club Colombia Championship but WD without hitting a shot.
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Feb 9 - 7:15 PM

For the second consecutive year, Vaughn Taylor begins his season at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi.

Taylor withdrew prior to the SFC Open Qualifier and instead plays this week on Past Champion status. In his first five visits to the event (spanning 2004-12), all at Annandale GC, he didn't post anything better than T45/2008. Taylor has improved of late, finishing T17/2013 and T20 at last year's CC of Jackson inaugural on rounds of 72-66-71-71. With limited starts available on the big stage, he's split time the last three seasons between the PGA and Web.com Tours. The 39-year-old made 11 cuts on 12 starts last season on the PGA TOUR with two top 10s, finishing 151st in the FedExCup standings. He played in three of the four events in the Web.com Tour Finals but finished 64th on the Finals' money list after posting T25-CUT-T24.
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Wed, Nov 4, 2015 09:08:00 AM

Vaughn Taylor crafted a 7-under-par 30-34=64 in the third round of the Quicken Loans National to post 9-under 204, good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead.

Taylor was one of 13 players that made the cut on the number (2-under) and began the day at T63, nine shots off the pace of 36-hole leader Ryo Ishikawa. The 39-year-old rode six birdies to a first-nine, 6-under 30, including three straight at Nos 7-9. After the break he bobbled slightly, but outpaced three bogeys with four birdies. Taylor split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation, converting on 10 for a sparkling 1.385 putts per GIR. His split included two birdie drops from outside nine feet, with a long of 16'6" at the par-3 fourth. With scores predicted to go low, Taylor's lead will not hold, but he's up 57 spots on the live leaderboard to T6.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 01:27:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor has eked into this week's Quicken Loans National.

He was fourth alternate when the field was released on Friday, and then gained entry following six withdrawals. Taylor is 8-for-9 this season and coming off a T41 in Canada. Given how well he's performed on Past Champion status, he's a dynamite option to round off any lineup. The 39-year-old is 156th in the FedExCup standings.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 12:54:00 PM