Locals head to Bay Hill with The Masters on their mind

Monday, March 18, 2013

We are now just four weeks away to The Masters and the intensity level is heating up on the PGA Tour.

Right now, we have just one local in the field, but others are chasing a coveted spot including one guy who just picked up his first career win.

North Augusta product Scott Brown picked up the Puerto Rico Open title two weeks ago, and he's still on cloud nine.

"There's just excitement and a little bit of relief to prove that you can win on this level," Brown said. "It hasn't sunk in yet. I'm still just on a high, really. I haven't had time to slow down. I did some media stuff in Tampa and played golf Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so it's kind of all starting to sink in a little bit but not really."

Brown isn't the only local in the field. Charles Howell III is there. Also, Vaughn Taylor got a special invite as he works his way back toward the PGA Tour.

"I'm starting to play better, which is the number one key toward gaining confidence," Taylor said. "I definitely am gaining confidence and feeling better about things, so I just would like to have as many opportunities as I can."

While Brown and Taylor have yet to qualify for The Masters, along with Charles Howell for that matter, the only local product would be Louisville's Brian Gay, who won by beating Howell in a playoff earlier this year.


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