Taylor Wins Reno in Playoff

By Sports NetworkAugust 22, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Reno Tahoe OpenRENO, Nev. -- Vaughn Taylor birdied the first hole of a playoff Sunday to win the Reno-Tahoe Open for his first career victory on the PGA Tour.
 
'I am so excited,' said Taylor, who earned $540,000 for the win. 'I can't belive it.'
 
Taylor finished regulation at 10-under-par 278 along with Scott McCarron (71), Hunter Mahan (74) and Steve Allan (74). The group returned to the 18th tee to begin the extra session and Taylor split the fairway with his drive.
 
Allan's approach missed the green while Taylor, McCarron and Mahan each found the putting surface with their second shots. After McCarron and Mahan missed their birdie attempts, Taylor sent his try to the bottom of the cup for his maiden title.
 
'I want to help my parents out,' said the 28-year-old Taylor. 'Mom got laid off last year. She does everything for me. I want to do everything for them.'
 
Taylor had a rough time before the playoff at Montreux Golf and Country Club. He opened the day one shot behind Roland Thatcher and looked to be in good shape early with a birdie at the second, but the trouble began at the very next hole.
 
'I did not play my best,' he said.
 
Taylor double-bogeyed the third and dropped another shot with a bogey at the fifth to fall back to minus-11.
 
While Taylor was struggling down the leaderboard, Thatcher was battling to maintain the top spot. Thatcher held a two-shot lead after a birdie at the fourth, but faltered with five bogeys the rest of the way for a round of 77.
 
Mahan, who was also seeking his first career victory on the PGA Tour, grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie at the sixth, his third birdie of the day. He stumbled with back-to-back bogeys from the eighth, but joined Allan in a tie for the lead thanks to a birdie at the 12th.
 
Allan and Mahan matched themselves with bogeys at the 14th to remain knotted in the lead. Taylor joined them briefly with a birdie at the 13th, but double bogeyed the 14th and bogeyed the 15th to fall off the pace.
 
Mahan soon found trouble with a double bogey at the 16th to fall two behind Allan. Allan, an Australian was seeking his first PGA Tour title, enjoyed that lead until the 18th when he double bogeyed the closing hole to fall back into a tie for first.
 
Taylor then snuck into the playoff with a birdie at the last. Even though a round of 75 might not look good on the scorecard, it was enough to give Taylor another chance at win No. 1 and he came through.
 
Thatcher finished one shot out of the playoff at 9-under-par 279 along with Carl Pettersson and Mark Wilson. Woody Austin followed at 8-under-par 280.
 
Joe Ogilvie, Ken Duke, Daniel Chopra, Michael Allen and Dennis Paulson tied for ninth place at 5-under-par 283.
 
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.