April 7, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---The third round was about survival as players fought the elements and the course. And 20 years after Larry Mize became the first and only Augustan to win the Masters, Vaughn Taylor is in contention.
Augusta boy makes good
This is the week dreams are made of, and Taylor's dream could become reality.
On a day when par is great, Taylor's 5 over 77 still leaves the Augustan in contention, two shots off the lead.
After a birdie on 16, Taylor found himself all by himself on top of the leaderboard. And he knew it.
But a couple of wayward shots coming in resulted in bogeys on 16, 17, and 18. Not the way he envisioned the final stretch.
Now it's one final night to sleep on things and dream of making a final run at something he's dreamed about since he was a kid: a Green Jacket.
Don't count Howell out
Vaughn's not the only Augusta product fighting for a Jacket. Garden City native Charles Howell III is in a tie for 34th place, but doesn't consider himself out of the race.
Howell started the day at 8 over par after making the cut by one stroke.
His third round saw three birdies but six bogies, for a 75 on the day. That was two strokes better than his second round.
Tiger back on top
Much to golf fans' delight, Tiger Woods has found his way back to the top of the leaderboard. But this morning, the weekend started with a bit of confusion, as the patrons struggled to check their spectator guides and figure out just who was on top.
Masters neophytes making it big
One way or another, after tomorrow, you'll be hard-pressed to find a golf fan who's unfamiliar with Vaughn Taylor, the only one of yesterday's leaders within three shots of the lead going into tomorrow.
Masters rookie Brett Wetterich was on top of the leaderboard after 36 holes. Taylor is playing in just his second Masters and is tied for fourth going into Sunday. This Tournament, for some reason, has worked out well for those with little experience.