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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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

    McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

    Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

    Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

    Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

    The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

    The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

    A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

    Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

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    The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



    Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

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    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

    Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.