Taylor lights up course with 64
In La Quinta, Calif., Vaughn Taylor was the lone player among the seven locals in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament to break par in Thursday’s second round.
The Evans resident didn’t just break par – he shot 8-under 64 to move into second place in the 108-hole tournament.
Taylor, a PGA Tour veteran with two tour titles, had nine birdies to go with one bogey, which came on the final hole.
With four rounds to go at PGA West, Taylor is at 12-under 132, or one behind leader Meen Whee Kim (66-63).
The top 25 finishers and ties from the 172 starters will earn PGA Tour playing privileges, or tour cards, for the 2013 season.
The next 50 will earn Web.com Tour cards for 2013 and the remainder receive conditional status on the
Taylor is the only local in the top 25 after Henrik Norlander, who was tied for ninth place after an opening 69, fell back into a tie for 71st place after 74.
Patrick Reed is tied for 127th place after 75 on Thursday, Kevin Kisner is tied for 142nd place after 75, Scott Parel is tied for 156th place after 75, Stephen Poole is tied for 161st place after 77 and Scott Brown is tied for 168th place after 76.
• In Daytona Beach, Fla., former Augusta State golfer Garrett Phillips made a big move in the second round of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Phillips, who played for two years with the Jaguars before transferring to Georgia, shot 3-under-par 69 to move into a tie for 17th place.
The top 20 finishers after five rounds earn LPGA Tour cards for 2013.
Phillips had been tied for 55th place after an opening 74 at LPGA International.
Thailand’s 18-year-old Moriya Jutanugarn has shot 68-66 and holds a three-sot lead.
Two-time tour winner Christina Kim (72-67) is in third place, five shots off the lead.
She is playing the qualifying tournament for the first time in her career.
Spurs to be hit with sanctions
San Antonio will be punished by the NBA for their decision to send four top players home and not make them available to play in Miami on Thursday night.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the decision to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, was in the team’s best interest. The league wasn’t happy about it, and Commissioner David Stern promised that they would be penalized.
Stern said “this was an unacceptable decision” and “substantial sanctions will be forthcoming.”
• Rajon Rondo has been suspended for two games for his involvement in Wednesday’s fight, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on WEEI sports radio in Boston.
After Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries delivered a foul that sent Kevin Garnett crashing hard onto his back in the second quarter, Rondo immediately confronted Humphries, delivering a two-handed shove.
The two then got tangled, with Rondo the aggressor, and the shoving spilled into the stands beneath the basket in front of the Celtics’ bench.
Players and coaches from both teams rushed onto the court, with security and team personnel trying to defuse the situation.
Rondo talked with the league for an hour before the Celtics’ Thursday afternoon practice.
• Veteran point guard Derek Fisher has signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks after passing a physical on Thursday.
– From staff and wire reports