July 17, 2006

Taylor flying under the radar

By Norman Dabell

HOYLAKE (Reuters) - American Vaughn Taylor makes his debut
in the British Open this week unconcerned at being a long-odds
shot despite sitting in the U.S. Ryder Cup table top-10.

Two weeks ago the U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman said he
had complete confidence in the 30-year-old who made it
back-to-back wins in the Reno-Tahoe Open this year.

Now, even with only three days' experience of British Open
links golf, if he can fashion a successful week at Royal
Liverpool, Taylor can seal his place for the K Club in Ireland
in September against Europe.

He will not mind doing it anonymously.

"I worked pretty hard to get where I am," Taylor told
reporters on Monday at Hoylake. "I've gotten better each year
and just worked my way up.

"Tom (Lehman) said it kind of reminded him of his career.
I've never really received a whole lot of attention, which is

"I always tend to kind of fly under the radar. I mean,
every weekend in the U.S., people don't even know who I am, so
it doesn't bother me.

"Obviously the Ryder Cup is a big goal. I feel if I go
through my routine and take it week to week, everything will
kind of take care of itself."