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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. 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

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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.
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 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.
Feb 8 - 1:28 PM

Three-time PGA TOUR champ Vaughn Taylor is exempt thru the 2017-18 season from his improbable win at the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as a 250/1 pre-tourney outright.

The Virginia native catapulted 347 places in the Official World Golf Ranking (to No. 100) with his come-from-behind win on the Monterrey Peninsula, erasing a six-shot deficit with a final-round 7-under 65. His win, as first alternate and on Past Champion status, came in his 286th career start and was his first since the opposite-field Reno-Tahoe Open in 2005. It ended up being the 40-year-old's lone top 10 in 24 starts. In total, he made only half of his cuts (12) and posted three top 25s, the final one coming at the Deutsche Bank (T24). Taylor kicked off this season with a T15 at the Safeway Open and chased with a T61 (Shriners) and T60 at the OHL Classic (68-71-67-74).
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 10:32:00 AM

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.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 12:39:00 PM

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".
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 07:00:00 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.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 01:25:00 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.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 06:23:00 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.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 04:56:00 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.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 07:24:00 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.
Wed, Apr 6, 2016 04:21:00 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.
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 03:49:00 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.
Sun, Feb 14, 2016 06:39:00 PM