April 8, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---He may have come up short in the end, but Vaughn Taylor put his name on the national map when it comes to golf. The hometown boy did himself proud this year at Augusta National.
It wasn't exactly the Sunday Vaughn dreamed of...but you know what, there's no shame in his performance the past four days.
"It was a tough day out there," he said. "I'm obviously disappointed in the way I played, but you know, all in all it's been a great learning experience."
A bogey out of the gate set Taylor back a bit. Then two more before the fifth hole really set him back. He admits it was nerves.
"I was pretty nervous, nervous early. Just couldn't quite get comfortable. I tried my best, and after about number 5, I kind of beared down and told myself to get it together."
Despite finishing with two more bogies, Taylor learned even more about playing on the biggest stage in golf.
"Just experience, you know. I feel like I'm a better player. Anytime you play under this kind of pressure, it makes you a better player. Hopefully next year I'll be a little bit better under pressure."
Most might not know it, but he and champion Zach Johnson are pretty good friends, having spent plenty of time on the tours together. It was Johnson who may have paid the biggest compliment to VT of all.
"He's a very mellow guy, and I'm pretty mellow as well, and that's probably how we click. We're the same age, and have some of the same interests, and we enjoy each other's company," Johnson said. "We'll be friends forever. He's a great guy, and I think at some point he'll be in this position (winning the Masters). You're not going to forget Vaughn Taylor, that's for sure."
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