Vaughn Taylor shares lead in Mississippi

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MADISON, Miss. — When his long day ended, Evans resident Vaughn Taylor found himself tied for the lead in the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship.

Taylor, who played 28 holes Friday, is tied with five others golfers for the clubhouse lead at 10-under.

On Friday morning, Taylor played the final 10 holes of his rain-delayed first round in 4-under, giving him 5-under-
par 67. He matched that score in the afternoon.

Taylor, who has conditional status on the tour this year after losing his card last year, would earn a two-year exemption with a victory this week.

He’s a two-time winner, both coming in the Reno-Tahoe Open (2004 and 2005).

Taylor is tied with Fabian Gomez, Paul Stankowski, Troy Matteson and Kyle Reifers at 10-under in the clubhouse.

First-round leader Daniel Summerhays also is at 10 under but only completed eight holes in the round Friday.

LPGA TOUR: In Sylvania, Ohio, former winner Paula Creamer shares the lead and top-ranked Inbee Park is lurking nearby through the second round of the Marathon Classic.

Creamer, who five years ago won what was then referred to as the Jamie Farr LPGA stop, shot 3-under-par 68 on the heels of an opening 66 to pull even with Beatriz Recari and Alison Walshe at 8-under 134.

Recari, who picked up her second career tour win earlier this year, had 65. Walsh shot 69.

Park, a six-time winner already this year including all three major championships, is two shots off the lead along with top amateur Lydia Ko.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Overland Park, Kan., Georgian Paul Claxton shot 7-under-par 64 to take the lead through two rounds of the Midwest Classic.

Claxton, who was born in Vidalia, Ga., and now lives in Sea Island, Ga., is at 10-under 132. He’s one shot ahead of Franklin Corpening (66 on Friday) and Tyrone Van Aswegen (68).

Aiken native Matt Hendrix shot 73-66–139, while Augusta’s Scott Parel shot 71-70–141 to make the cut on the number.

LOCAL INTEREST

VAUGHN TAYLOR

Evans resident

Score 67-67

Shots back 0

WILL CLAXTON

Swainsboro, Ga.*

Score -8 (27 holes)

Shots back 2

KEVIN KISNER

Aiken native

Score 65-73

Shots back 4

CHARLES HOWELL

Augusta native

Score 72-69

Shots back 7

HENRIK NORLANDER

Ex-Augusta State golfer

Score -1 (22 holes)

Shots back 9

* former resident


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