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2005 Buick OpenGRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Vaughn Taylor couldn't beat Tiger Woods this weekend.
 
He did something that was almost as good.
 
By tying for fourth in the Buick Open, Taylor earned 120 Ryder Cup points to jumping him 11th to seventh in the U.S. standings.
 
The top 10 players after the PGA Championship in two weeks will get automatic berths on the team that will play Europe next month in Ireland. Taylor's ascension bumped John Rollins out of that group.
 
'Getting back into the top 10 was definitely a goal this week,' Taylor said.
 
Taylor is not playing in the International, choosing to practice for the PGA.
 
'I made that decision last week, and I'm still glad I did,' he said. 'I need this week to get ready for Medinah and try to get some more points there.'
 
Taylor was the only player to make a major move on the Ryder Cup list, because winner Tiger Woods and runner-up Jim Furyk have already locked up spots.
 
Scott Verplank, who finished in a tie with Taylor, moved from 22nd to 18th, but knows he is running out of time.
 
'I got a few points, but I could have had a lot more,' he said.
 
Lucas Glover, who played with Woods in the final group on Sunday, had a chance to join Taylor in the top 10, but his final-round 72 dropped him to a tie for 15th for the tournament and out of the points. He remains 13th.
 
THE OTHER NEW CAR
While Woods won a new Buick for winning the tournament, he wasn't the only player to leave Grand Blanc with a 2007 Lucerne.
 
John Cook, playing in his 23rd Buick Open, aced Warwick Hills' signature par-3 17th hole -- a feat that traditionally wins a new car. He was the first player to do it since Chris DiMarco in 1998.
 
The 17th is famous for being one of the loudest holes on the PGA Tour, which made the moment even better for Cook.
 
'Out of any hole on the PGA Tour that I could choose to hit a hole-in-one, it would be 17 at Warwick Hills,' said Cook, who had never had an ace in his 27 years on tour. 'Except for maybe No. 16 at Augusta on a Sunday.'
 
GOING, GOING, GONE
Charley Hoffman still isn't sure how he hit one of the strangest shots in Buick Open history.
 
On the 18th hole, Hoffman was facing a second shot of 157 yards from the fairway -- a simple 9-iron for the tour rookie.
 
Hoffman took his normal swing, but watched in horror as his shot sailed over the green, over the bunker and over a packed grandstand. The ball ended up a few feet from the media tent on the Warwick Hills tennis courts.
 
'It just jumped or something -- I have no idea what happened,' he said. 'I've certainly never hit a 9-iron over 180 yards before.'
 
Hoffman's ball landed two feet from the out-of-bounds line, meaning it was in play. While fans jokingly yelled at him to try to hit the ball back over the stands, he took a drop nearly 40 yards away, next to another set of bleachers.
 
He chipped onto the green, but missed a 16-foot par putt.
 
'I was lucky to get bogey, because I thought for sure that behind the stands had to be out-of-bounds,' he said. 'I wasn't sure what they were going to have me do.'
 
DIVOTS
Woods has played in the Buick Open eight times and has never finished worse than 11th. Woods moved him in front of Vijay Singh for first on the tournament's career money list with $2,567,740, more than Arnold Palmer made in his entire career. ... Robert Allenby and Brett Quigley both played themselves out of contention with early hole disasters. Allenby made a double-bogey 6 on the 2nd hole, including a shot that hit two trees and only traveled a few yards, and ended shooting a 72. Quigley fared even worse, posting a bizarre triple-bogey 8 after four-putting the 7th green from 16 feet away. 'I tried to jam the first putt in, missed it, and then completely lost my focus,' said Quigley, who could have tied for second with a par on the hole, but ended up five spots lower.
 
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