Needing to play well in possibly his last PGA Tour event of the season, Vaughn Taylor is back in a comfortable setting.
The Evans resident tees off at 11:17 this morning in the Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. Taylor recorded his two career PGA Tour victories at the Reno-Tahoe Open in 2004 and 2005.
“A lot of good memories there,” he said. “The weather’s usually awesome. It’s just a beautiful place. The whole experience is great. I loved it the first year I went there.”
Taylor entered this year with conditional status on the PGA Tour after finishing 139th on the 2012 money list. He’s played in just 15 tournaments this season, collecting almost $400,000. The former Augusta State All-American currently sits at No. 145 on the money list, needing a solid tournament this week to give him a chance to make the Wyndham Championship in two weeks in Greensboro, N.C. – the final event of the regular season. The FedEx Cup playoffs begin after Greensboro with the top 125 golfers advancing.
“I don’t have that many opportunities left,” the 37-year-old Taylor said. “I’m not even sure I’m going to get into Greensboro. This very well could be my last start. I have to go play well.”
Taylor has gotten back in a groove in his past two events. He posted three rounds in the 60s at the John Deere Classic. At the Sanderson Farms Classic, Taylor had pair of opening 67s before finishing tied for 17th.
“The last couple of weeks, I’ve been hitting it really good,” he said. “Every part of my game is really improving and heading in the right direction.”
In about four months, Taylor will go from changing clubs to changing diapers. He and his wife, Leot, are expecting their first child (a boy) around Thanksgiving.
“Life on tour, there’s so many people our age with I don’t know how many kids born each month,” Taylor said. “Traveling with children is what tour life is all about.
“I’m definitely going to set aside time for golf and family.”