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June 24 2011

10:20 PM

Taylor finds rhythm in 36-hole day

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Vaughn Taylor shot 65-66 Friday at TPC River Highlands.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- The last five weeks haven’t worked out that well for Vaughn Taylor, who has missed the cut in five of his last six starts. That streak will obviously come to an end after Taylor shot a second-round 66 to enter the weekend at 9 under.

The difference for Taylor? Some putting sessions with his coach Pat O’Brien, which is something Taylor said he needed after depositing his old putter into the water at Bay Hill earlier this year. Taylor said he left the putter in the pond at the 13th hole there and is using a different model of that SeeMore putter this week.

Through two rounds Taylor is averaging 27 putts, but he has missed just two from inside 10 feet all week.

He also was able to build on a good opening round -- a 65 -- after going right back out for his second 18 Friday afternoon. Playing 36 back-to-back was something Taylor was more than happy to do.

"It's tough to play a few holes and then head home and then come back later on,” Taylor said. “It's nice just to get out there in one day and get into a rhythm and just play till your legs fall off.”

Of course with TPC River Highlands yielding a lot of low numbers, it’s easy to understand why Taylor wanted to keep going.

“The course is playing about as easy as I've ever seen it,” he said. “The conditions are perfect out there, soft greens. Definitely can make some putts out there. Just looking forward to the weekend.”

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