It’s been a rough few years for Augusta native Vaughn Taylor.
A graduate of then-Augusta State University (now simply Augusta University), Taylor turned pro in 1999, battling his way through the Web.com Tour to get his full-time status on the PGA Tour in 2004.
But after enjoying solid success – including two victories – through the ’09 season, Taylor hit a rough patch, and subsequently split his time between trying to qualify for PGA Tour tournaments and competing on the Web.com Tour.
That all changed at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with his first victory in over 10 years.
Taylor hung around the leaderboard with rounds of 2-, 4-, and 5-under to move his way up heading in the final day. But his goal wasn’t to win, as PGA.com reports – it was to simply grab a top-10 finish. That would be a remarkable turnaround from qualifying as an alternate in the tournament and having recently overcome sickness.
Instead, after the turn, he starting hitting everything he needed.
He drained his 9-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th, then rattled off three straight birdies on Nos. 13-15, helped by a fortuitous bounce on the green that made things a lot easier than anticipated.
He nailed a tough 28-foot birdie putt on No. 16 that snaked its way down the green, propelling him into the lead and then a victory when Phil Mickelson missed a five-footer on the last hole.
Now, Augusta’s own will compete in his fourth Masters Tournament, hoping to best his career-best T-10 finish in 2007. It marks his first major tournament competition since 2008. He also vaunted into the top 20 of the FedEx Cup Rankings, and the prize money earned is more than he won in the previous three seasons combined.
“The Masters is my Super Bowl,” Taylor said to PGA.com.
Our clients (and city!) look forward to seeing you on home turf, Vaughn!