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Vaughn Taylor back on US Ryder Cup team

Vaughn Taylor couldn't beat Tiger Woods this weekend.

He did something that was almost as good.

By tying for fourth in the Buick Open, Taylor earned 120 Ryder Cup points to jumping him 11th to seventh in the U.S. standings.

The top 10 players after the PGA Championship in two weeks will get automatic berths on the team that will play Europe next month in Ireland. Taylor's ascension bumped John Rollins out of that group.

"Getting back into the top 10 was definitely a goal this week," Taylor said.

Taylor is not playing in the International, choosing to practice for the PGA.

"I made that decision last week, and I'm still glad I did," he said. "I need this week to get ready for Medinah and try to get some more points there."

Taylor was the only player to make a major move on the Ryder Cup list, because winner Tiger Woods and runner-up Jim Furyk have already locked up spots.

Scott Verplank, who finished in a tie with Taylor, moved from 22nd to 18th, but knows he is running out of time.

"I got a few points, but I could have had a lot more," he said.

Lucas Glover, who played with Woods in the final group on Sunday, had a chance to join Taylor in the top 10, but his final-round 72 dropped him to a tie for 15th for the tournament and out of the points. He remains 13th.

August 9, 2006

 




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