Thursday, July 25, 2013
EVANS, Ga. (WRDW) -- We're just a few days away from the E-Z-Go Vaughn Taylor Championship at Jones Creek, and Thursday, a glimpse at what's to come ... with the guy whose name is on the tournament on hand.
It's the third year now that Taylor has been the name on the event and organizers say it's become one of the top AJGA events in the country. Junior golf has come a long ways in the past decade, and Taylor is happy to be associated with next week's tournament.
"It's really amazing," said Taylor. "Looking back through the years, I would never imagined I would have an AJGA event named after me. Like I said, I couldn't even get into some of the AJGA events. So it's actually gotten to a point in my career I have a tournament named after myself is a really good feeling."
On the course, Taylor has made some big strides in getting back to where he needs to be, which is full-time exempt status on the PGA Tour. He's been playing on sponsor exemptions to this point and has made the most of it. In 15 events, he's posted five top 25 finishes. He's gone old school and pulled out his parents' VHS tapes and seen how he was playing when he had success on tour nearly a decade ago.
"I was looking at '05, '06, '07, those definitely the years I played my best, so I just needed to see what it looked like and what was going on there and just kind of compare to what it looks like now and what it feels like now," he said.
Taylor's next event, the Reno Tahoe open, is the site of his two PGA tour wins, so that bodes well on a good paycheck.