Taylor on Way to Reno Repeat

By Sports NetworkAugust 20, 2005, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)RENO, Nev. -- Defending champion Vaughn Taylor fired an 8-under 64 on Saturday and opened a commanding lead after three rounds of the Reno-Tahoe Open. He is six ahead at 21-under-par 195 as he set a new record at Montreux Golf and Country Club.
 
Taylor obliterated the old 54-hole record of Jerry Kelly from 2001. That year Kelly posted a three-round total of 201, but ultimately lost to John Cook.
 
Vaughan Taylor
Vaughan Taylor has his sights set on a repeat victory.
Taylor trailed Roland Thatcher by a stroke last year, then defeated Hunter Mahan, Steve Allan and Scott McCarron in a playoff for his first win on tour. This will mark the first time Taylor will take the lead into the final round and with a six-stroke cushion, he looks good to become the first player to successfully defend his title at this tournament.
 
'A six-shot lead is definitely a lot,' admitted Taylor. 'I'm going to go out there and keep my game plan and play golf. You get more comfortable each time. I'm going to have my routine, get away from golf a little bit and relax. Get my mind set and ready to go.'
 
Todd Fischer birdied his final five holes en route to a 3-under 69 on Saturday. He is alone in second place at minus-15, one shot better than Jesper Parnevik, who posted a 5-under 67 in round three.
 
Taylor flew out of the gate on Saturday with four birdies in his first five holes, including three in a row from the third. He birdied the par-5 ninth to make the turn in 31.
 
He wasted little time in continuing his strong play on the back nine. Taylor birdied 10, then knocked his third inside a foot at the par-5 11th to set up a tap-in birdie.
 
Taylor parred five in a row after the birdie at 11, but got it to 21 under par with a birdie at the par-5 17th. He parred No. 18 and now has a good shot at PGA Tour win No. 2.
 
Taylor was knocking down pins all round long with very few putts coming from anything longer than 10 feet. With scoring conditions like this, he knows that he will have to stay sharp if he's to visit the winner's circle on Sunday afternoon.
 
'I can't remember a tournament, tapping in and knocking in so many 3-footers for birdie. Those are nice,' said Taylor, who is tied for the tournament lead in greens in regulation and is second in putting. 'I'll be fine tomorrow. Each time you're in this situation you get better.'
 
Fischer made the turn at 2 over thanks to three bogeys and one birdie over the opening nine. He rebounded in a big way with five birdies in a row and when his 8-footer for birdie at the last fell into the cup, he was closest to Taylor.
 
Fischer will have to overcome six shots and knows what it will take to do it.
 
'If the conditions stay the way they are, 64-63-62,' said Fischer, who has posted one top-10 in 24 events this season on the PGA Tour. 'He played good, but not all that good on the back.'
 
Aaron Baddeley (66), Fredrik Jacobson (68) and Jonathan Kaye (68) share fourth at 13-under-par 203. J.P. Hayes shot a 5-under 67 and is alone in seventh place at minus-12, which is two better than Dean Wilson, who carded a 6-under 66 on Saturday.
 
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  • Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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    Man of the people


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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.

    PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

    Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

    The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

    The statement reads:

    The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

    Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Web.com Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

    The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

    The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

    The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.