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Vaughn Taylor

United StatesUnited States

Start Position
26
Current Position
To Par: +3
Total Strokes: 73 - 74 : 147
T62   T88
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Updated: Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 06:58 PM
  • Birthplace: Roanoke, VA
  • Residence: Augusta, GA
  • Age: 34
  • Turned Pro: 1999

PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 2004,Reno-Tahoe Open. 2005,Reno-Tahoe Open.

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$984,949 (26)

2010 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

P2-- Shell Houston Open. 7-- Waste Management Phoenix Open. T10-- Bob Hope Classic.

PGA TOUR Best Round

65 at Round 4, Bob Hope Classic.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Turned in a T10 finish in his first start of the season at the Bob Hope Classic...Four consecutive rounds of 3-under 68 resulted in a seventh-place finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Was just one of six players to post all four rounds below 70...Holed 18-foot putt for birdie on final hole of regulation at Shell Houston Open to post 12-under 276 before watching Anthony Kim miss 6-foot par putt to force a playoff. Was defeated by Kim after 20-footer for par at first playoff hole came up short, costing Augusta, GA resident and former Augusta State University standout the chance to earn a spot in the following week's Masters Tournament. Ranked T1 (61 of 72) in Greens In Regulation for the week.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Reno-Tahoe Open, Reno-Tahoe Open.

2009 Season Highlights

Earned more than $1 million for the sixth consecutive season and equaled his career-low round with an opening-round 63 at the Bob Hope Classic, eventually finishing T34 after a final-round 76...Final-round 72 dropped him from T4 to T8 at Buick Open to post his first top-10 of the season...Was second-round leader at Turning Stone Resort Championship before being defeated by Matt Kuchar in a six-hole playoff which finished on Monday. Darkness on Sunday night suspended play after two playoff holes. Has three consecutive top-20 finishes at Atunyote GC (T18/2007, T15/2008, P2/2009). Benefited from focus on his short game during practice sessions at home course, Goshen Plantation, in Augusta, GA. Finished the event in the top 10 in Scrambling and Putting Average.

Career Highlights

2009: Earned more than $1 million for the sixth consecutive season and equaled his career-low round with an opening-round 63 at the Bob Hope Classic, eventually finishing T34 after a final-round 76...Final-round 72 dropped him from T4 to T8 at Buick Open to post his first top-10 of the season...Was second-round leader at Turning Stone Resort Championship before being defeated by Matt Kuchar in a six-hole playoff which finished on Monday. Darkness on Sunday night suspended play after two playoff holes. Has three consecutive top-20 finishes at Atunyote GC (T18/2007, T15/2008, P2/2009). Benefited from focus on his short game during practice sessions at home course, Goshen Plantation, in Augusta, GA. Finished the event in the top 10 in Scrambling and Putting Average. 2008: Earned more than $1 million for the fifth consecutive season and had career highs in cuts made (21) and starts (32)...Year was highlighted by a pair of top-10 finishes, book-ending his season...First finished T8 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in January...Ranked 129th on the money list entering the event, finished T2 in November at the Ginn sur Mer Classic in the PGA TOUR Fall Series. Moved to 100th with the finish...Racked up an additional five top-25 finishes for the season. 2007: Fourth consecutive season with more than $1 million in earnings and multiple top-10 finishes...Part of the three-way 18-hole lead with Paul Casey and Tiger Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after a 6-under-par 64. Led Ben Curtis by two strokes through 54 holes, but finished solo third, three strokes behind champion Vijay Singh after a closing 73...T10 finish at the Masters Tournament marked his best career finish in a major championship. Was in third at 143 after two rounds in his attempt to become the first Augustan to win the Masters since Larry Mize in 1987...Put his season earnings over the $1-million mark for the fourth straight year with a T4 finish at the Verizon Heritage...Struggled during the middle of the year but closed by making the cut in six of his last eight starts to wind up No. 70 on the money list. 2006: Posted a career-high six top-10s and made his first U.S. Ryder Cup team...After becoming the only first-time participant at the 2005 Mercedes Championships to finish in the top-10 (T8), followed a year later with a T4 at Kapalua...In just his second career start at the TPC Sawgrass, recorded his first top-10 at THE PLAYERS Championship with his T8 finish...A week after missing the cut in his hometown of Augusta at the Masters, held the first-round lead at the Verizon Heritage with an 8-under 63. Closed with a 66, Sunday's low round, to finish T3...Finished T6 at the Wachovia Championship with four under-par rounds. It was his fourth top-10 of the season and third in his last five starts...Collected a career-best fifth top-10 of the season with his T7 finish at the Memorial Tournament...Made a 38-foot putt for par on the 72nd hole to finish tied for fourth with Scott Verplank at the Buick Open. The putt allowed him to jump from No. 11 on the U.S. Ryder Cup team standings to No. 7. A miss would have only moved him to No. 10. Matched his career-low round with a 9-under 63 in the third round...Finished seventh on the U.S. Ryder Cup team list, where he earned one-half point for the team (0-1-1)...Ended season second in Putting Average (1.725) behind Daniel Chopra (1.712)...Placed 35th on the money list to earn a return trip to the Masters (top 40 invited). 2005: Finished No. 36 on the money list to earn invitation to Masters for the first time in 2006...In defense of 2004 Reno-Tahoe Open title, led wire-to-wire with rounds of 64-67-63-72--267, topping runner-up Jonathan Kaye by three strokes. The 267 total (21-under-par) set a tournament record by four strokes. Led by six strokes entering the final round after setting a tournament 54-hole record with a 195 total...Jumped to No. 31 on the PGA TOUR Official Money List with a third-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship, aided by rounds of 67-68 on the weekend. 2004: One of five rookies to win on TOUR and one of four to earn more than $1 million in his first season...Claimed his first TOUR victory by rolling in an 11-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win a four-way playoff at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Made a 14-foot birdie putt on the last hole of regulation for a 3-over 75 and tied hometown favorite Scott McCarron, rookie Hunter Mahan and Australia's Steve Allan at 10-under 278. 2003: Finished 11th on Nationwide Tour money list to earn his initial TOUR card. Began season with no status, but stormed out of the gate in May by Monday qualifying at the Virginia Beach Open and finishing second. Based on his top-25 finish, made it into the field the following week at the SAS Carolina Classic, where he posted his second consecutive runner-up finish. Broke through for his first career win on the Nationwide Tour at the Knoxville Open. Shot a final-round, 8-under-par 64 and then won on the first playoff hole against Joe Ogilvie to collect $85,500. 2000: Was a member of the Nationwide Tour. Amateur: Qualified for the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Posted rounds of 76-76 and missed the cut...Four-time winner on the Hooters Tour...Honorable Mention All-American during his senior season at Augusta State University. Teammate with Richard Johnson, who was No. 1 on the 2007 Nationwide Tour money list.

Personal

Moved to Augusta, GA as an infant. Attended high school (Hephzibah High) and college (Augusta State) there and still resides near his parents.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

1-2

Other Information

2003: Made the cut in 10 of 17 appearances on the 2003 Nationwide Tour to finish No. 11 on the final money list, earning $223,988. Began season with no status, but stormed out of the gate in May by Monday qualifying at the Virginia Beach Open and finishing second. Based on his top-25 finish, made it into the field the following week at the SAS Carolina Classic, where he posted his second consecutive runner-up finish. Broke through for his first career win on the Nationwide Tour at the Knoxville Open. Shot a final-round, 8-under-par 64 and then won on the first playoff hole against Joe Ogilvie to collect a career-best $85,500. 2000: Was also a member of the Nationwide Tour in 2000. 1998: Qualified for the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco as an amateur. Posted rounds of 76-76 and missed the cut...Four-time winner on the Hooters Tour...Honorable Mention All-American during his senior season at Augusta State University.

National Teams

Ryder Cup (1), 2006.