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Monday, February 15, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Winner: Vaughn Taylor

Around the wider world of golf: Lydia Ko won her third ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open on the LET; Thitiphun Chuayprakong won the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on the Asian Tour; Bernhard Langer won the Chubb Classic on the Champions Tour; and Charl Schwartzel won the Tshwane Open on the ET.

Vaughn Taylor with AT&T trophy

Admit it. You did NOT see this coming.

And before you say that Phil gave it to him -- after all, the best Phil could manage on Sunday was an even par round of 72 -- bear in mind that Phil STILL beat everyone else in the field.

EXCEPT Vaughn Taylor. All he did was shoot a 7-under 65, tied for best of the day with Patrick Reed. And you did NOT see that coming.

Vaughn has been struggling with his game for a long time. He had won events back in 2004 and 2005, and he played on the 2006 Ryder Cup team. But then his game deserted him and he hasn't had a full Tour card for three years. But now he's back on the Tour full time and headed for the Masters. It was a nice Valentine's Day present for his wife and son as well, who he credited for keeping him sane during the depths of the last decade.

Although it may sound like a subplot, Taylor and partner Gregg Ontiveros also won the amateur team competition. Perhaps that helped Vaughn as well, since this is the second win for Ontiveros at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (the first coming in 2012 with Brian Harman). There's nothing like having a little experience in your corner when you're trying to break a long winless streak!

In any case, it's always nice to hear a story with a happy ending. And while this is Vaughn's third PGA Tour victory, it's his first Limerick Summary. So let's give him credit for a job well done!
Eleven long years since he won,
Yet Vaughn Taylor got the job done.
Phil stumbled, you say?
‘Twas Vaughn made him pay
With his late back nine four-birdie run.
The photo came from this page at USATODAY.com.

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