Rooting for Vaughn

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

April 7, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.--Augusta's own Vaughn Taylor has been playing very well through the difficult conditions this Masters. As of the end of Round 3, he's tied for fourth at 4 over par.

News 12 was out on the course today to see how the patrons were reacting to a local's success, and there's a lot of excitement and support for Vaughn Taylor.

He's lived here for years, but tomorrow will be his first Masters Sunday on the course.

Vaughn's gone from Augusta State to the Augusta National, and local fans like Adi Filipivic say the Hephzibah High School graduate has become a hometown hero.

"He's got a different breed, the way he came up, and I think being out last night, just the local people, everybody, that's all they were talking about is Vaughn Taylor," Adi said.

Vaughn's been the topic of conversation among lots of fans, and he's on the front page of today's paper.

But it's not just the locals.

"I just think it's great that he's doing well in the Tournament," said fan Bob Puechl.

Fans from Atlanta to Orlando are pulling for Vaughn Taylor, who spent the first two days under par.

"Around here, people know him, and I bet you there's a lot of people pulling for him," said fan Mark Saltsman.

"I think it's great that someone from the hometown could get in to make the final cut," Adi said. "I think it's a great opportunity."

Everyone's excited because it's his first time in the final round and his first shot at being the second local winner of the coveted Green Jacket.

"I think everybody here's following Vaughn Taylor, because he's local and we haven't had somebody from Augusta since I guess when Larry Mize won it back in the early 80's," Adi said.

Players come from near and far to play the National, but fans like Adi continue to root for the man from Augusta.

There were the added challenges of the wind and the cold today, but all Vaughn's fans say he's doing great, and they hope he'll be wearing green by this time tomorrow night.

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