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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 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

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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.
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.
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 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 Tour's Panama Claro Championship and was scheduled to play last week's Club Colombia Championship but WD without hitting a shot.
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 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 Tour Finals but finished 64th on the Finals' money list after posting T25-CUT-T24.
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.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 12:54:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor backed up his opening 65 at the RBC Canadian Open with a 1-under-par 36-35=71 to post 8-under 136 at the halfway point, six shots off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Taylor should be pleased that he didn't play his way out of the tournament, but this wasn't his best effort. He went just 3-for-6 in scrambling for two bogeys and a double, but both bogeys came on his last three holes, so he signed his card essentially devoid of momentum. Elsewhere he picked off five birdies, including a round-opening conversion from 10'11" at the par-4 10th.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 06:27:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor hung up a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in today's opening round of the RBC Canadian Open, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

He's picked up where he left off in Alabama where he tied for 10th on Sunday. Taylor piped eight (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation at Glen Abbey today, covering a lone bogey at the par-3 12th, where his tee ball sprayed pin-high but right of the putting surface, with eight birdies. The set included respective rolls from 20'6" and 12'5" at Nos. 11 and 14. The 39-year-old has made hay in limited action due to Past Champion status this season. He's 7-for-9 with two top 10s and another three top 25s. At 162nd in the FedExCup standings, he's poised to crash the Playoffs.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 02:02:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor is slated to tee it up in this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Taylor bogeyed the last at Grand National on Sunday, but he still settled into the six-way share of 10th place, good for an exemption into the field at Glen Abbey. The T10 lifted him to 161st in the FedExCup standings, an impressive position given he's made only eight starts and on Past Champion status to boot.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Vaughn Taylor finished off the inaugural Barbasol Championship with a 2-under-par 34-35=69 for a 72-hole aggregate of 12-under 272, good for a six-way tie for 10th place.

Taylor began Sunday at 10-under (T8) and three shots adrift. On his round, he circled four birdies at Nos. 4, 5, 13 and 16 while ending each of his nines with bogey-5s. Both were three-putts and would prove costly, but the one at the last bounced him from a share of sixth place. While it was from length (61 feet), he missed the come-backer from 3'11" for par. Taylor's four-birdie set included all three par 5s and from 13'6" at the par-4 fourth. He landed 15 greens in regulation, but only had one other scoring chance from inside 14 feet and that was from 8'1" at the par-4 seventh, which he missed. The 39-year-old striped 12 (of 14) fairways to complete the week at 80.36 percent (45/56), T2 in the field. Taylor's T10-finish was his second on the season in just eight starts, matching the same result at the AT&T Pebble Beach back in February. It also garners him an exemption into next week's RBC Canadian Open.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 11:54:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor painted an 8-under-par 32-31=63 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship to put 10-under 203 on the board, good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead.

Taylor began Saturday's play at 2-under (T47) and seven shots off the pace of 36-hole co-leaders Whee Kim and Mark Hensby. He hid one bogey at the par-5 fifth with seven birdies and an eagle to move up 44 spots on the live leaderboard. Taylor's seven-birdie set included five from outside nine feet with a long of 36'2" at the par-4 ninth. His bogey at the fifth --the only par 5 on the front-- came the result of a three-putt from 46 feet, but he made up for it with birdies on the par-5 13th and eagle on the par-5 16th. At the 16th, Taylor hit his approach from 281 yards to 15 inches for the gimme and his shot of the day. The 39-year-old, making just his eighth PGA TOUR start of the season, piped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 17 greens in regulation en route to equaling his career-low round on TOUR and low 18 of the day thus far. He's shot 63 four times previous, the last occurrence coming in the first round of the 50th Bob Hope Classic in 2009.
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 03:43:00 PM