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Vaughn Taylor

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

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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

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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).
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.
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