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Vaughn Taylor

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 3/9/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 150

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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. Nov 19 - 4:24 PM

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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.
Nov 18 - 4:23 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.
Nov 17 - 3:55 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.
Nov 9 - 5:12 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.
Oct 28 - 6:20 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.
Oct 27 - 7:01 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.
Aug 18 - 6:17 PM

Vaughn Taylor was throwing darts all day at Sedgefield Country Club, resulting in a bogey-free, 7-under-par 30-33=63 during round one of the Wyndham Championship, two off the torrid pace set by Matt Every.

Taylor split nine (of 14) fairways but it was his iron play that vaulted him up the leaderboard. He pelted 17 greens in regulation, gaining 5.014 strokes approaching-the-green. His flat stick was working early in the round with putts converted from 19'8" and 10'8" but the putter went cold as the round progressed. Before his day was done, Taylor had given himself 11 scoring chances from inside 13 feet. On the down side, he missed on three chances from the 5-to-7 foot range, losing 0.263 strokes putting on the day. This matches his career low on the PGA TOUR, posting rounds of 63 on five previous occassions, most recently R3 of the 2015 Barbasol Championship.
Aug 17 - 1:41 PM

World No. 175 Vaughn Taylor rallied for a 6-under-par 35-30=65 in the third round of the John Deere Classic to post 11-under 202, up 22 places to T7 with play still in progress.

The 41-year-old striped 13 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation, gaining 0.775 strokes off-the-tee and 0.699 approaching-the-green. He went out in even-par, exchanging two birdies at Nos. 2 and 8 with two bogeys at 3 (3-putt from 16'11") and 9, and then raced home in 6-under 30, adding six more circles at 10, 11, 14, and a hat-trick at 16-18. The Augusta State alum's split featured two from between 12 and 14 feet, adding a 27-footer for birdie-3 at 11. He posted 1.571 putts per GIR and 2.069 SG: Putting, needing just 26 total putts.
Jul 15 - 4:16 PM

World No. 175 Vaughn Taylor does battle in his 11th John Deere Classic and arrives at 116th in the FedExCup standings.

The 41-year-old is 6-for-10 at the Deere with three top 25s and one top 10, a solo 6th in 2010, which is also his most recent top 25. He's a respectable 15-for-21 on the season with six top 25s, but no top 10s. The Augusta State University alum's season best is T12 at the Wells Fargo seven starts ago. He checks in off a missed cut (by one) at The Greenbrier Classic (70-70), T61 (Quicken Loans), and T57 (Travelers). The Virginia native ranks 85th on TOUR in Greens in Regulation and 78th in SG: Putting, but 118th in Scoring Average (71.230).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 12 - 2:29 PM

World No. 166 Vaughn Taylor orchestrated a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in today's third round of the Wells Fargo Championship to reach 6-under 210, up one spot into a four-way T4, two back of 54-hole leader Patrick Reed.

After opening laps of 71-69, the 41-year-old began T5 on 4-under, two shy of 18- and 36-hole leader Francesco Molinari. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he squared a lone bogey-4 at two (failed scramble), but played his final 16 holes in blemish-free 3-under, circling holes 3, 12 and 15, each from inside of 14 feet. The Roanoke, Virginia, native conjured nine (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 1.098 strokes approaching-the-green. He gained 2.158 on-the-green and posted 1.667 putts per GIR, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 1.586. Taylor is a 3-time TOUR winner in 323 career starts, most recently at the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where he came from six back with 7-under 65 to win by one.
May 6 - 7:36 PM

After a three-hour weather delay in the morning, Vaughn Taylor bombarded Eagle Point Golf Club with a 3-under-par 33-36=69 during round two of the Wells Fargo Championship, staking out a spot inside the top 10 on 4-under 140.

Playing round two in blustery conditions with wind gusts that exceeded 30 MPH at times, Taylor put on a ball-striking clinic. He gave himself a plethora of chances by giving himself 12 birdie looks from inside 22 feet today. On top of the good putting looks, he also holed out a 34'4" birdie at the par-3 second hole. Taylor's GIR numbers look deceptively poor at the moment (20-of-36) but if he keeps setting himself with buckets of birdie looks, he should be able to hang around near the top of the leaderboard for a few more rounds.
May 5 - 4:05 PM

Vaughn Taylor torched the Golf Club of Houston with a 5-under-par 36-31=67 during round one of the Shell Houston Open, staking his position as the early clubhouse leader with play still in progress. UPDATE: Taylor was later passed by current leader Rickie Fowler who fired an 8-under 64.

Taylor ended a three-event slump with his recent T23 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. When the veteran misses cuts it's rarely due to ball-striking, but his flat stick is always a wildcard. Today, he caught relative fire with that club, splashing home four putts from the 9-to-15 foot range in addition to holing one from the fringe (12 feet). Four of those noted birdies took back on his homeward nine as he blitzed the back nine with a blemish-free 31. Taylor already owns a runner-up finish at this week's venue (2010) which may give him a bit of confidence as he tries to keep his foot on the gas during the remainder of the week.
Mar 30 - 1:53 PM

Vaughn Taylor looks to rebound from a recent slide as he turns his attention toward this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

Taylor arrives on the heels of a MC-WD-MC stretch, with three finishes outside the top 40 prior to that. Form is not his friend right now, but he is still 7-for-10 on the season. Perhaps a return to Bay Hill Club and Lodge will turn his fortunes around, as he holds a third-place finish on his API resume (2007). Despite his middling results recently, Taylor still ranks 49th on TOUR in strokes gained approaching-the-green.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 15 - 8:29 AM

Vaughn Taylor swooped in to steal victory at last year's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and he returns this week for a chance to defend his crown.

Taylor arrived at last year's event fresh off a WD on the Web.com Tour and barely squeaked into the field, originally the first alternate. He eased into the week and positioned himself T8 after round three, but still sat six shots off the 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson. He traded four birdies with two bogeys before making the turn and blitzed the back nine with five birdies. That included four circles in his last six holes to heist the trophy from Mickelson. His win was largely out of the blue, but he did have a pair of top 15s already on his AT&T Pro-Am resume. In the two Pebble Beach rounds with ShotLink, he gained a whopping 9.34 strokes approaching-the-green. Gamers should not expect a repeat of last year, but he clearly likes the layout of this event.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 8 - 1:28 PM