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Published: 09:14 | 15/2/16

Taylor springs Pebble Beach surprise


Vaughn Taylor carded a final round 65 to claim the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, his third PGA Tour Title.

Taylor was six shots off the lead held by Phil Mickelson heading into Sunday's round but a superb seven-under 65 saw him overhaul the five-time major winner and book his ticket for the US Masters at Augusta National.

He got off to a brilliant start with Back-to-back birdies on the opening two holes only to drop a shot at the third, but he quickly recovered with a birdie at the fourth before adding another at the seventh.

Having bogeyed the par-four eighth, Taylor reached the turn in three-under and with plenty of work to do but a birdie at the tenth as well as four birdies in a row from holes 13 to 16 saw him take the lead.

Mickelson, meanwhile, reached the turn on level par following two bogeys and two birdies in his opening nine holes and his challenge looked to be petering off as he dropped shots at 11th and 14th.

He birdied the 17th to give himself a shot of a play-off but he was unable to get up and down on the 18th and par was not enough to prevent Taylor from taking his third PGA Tour win.

"It's a dream come true. So many people to thank - I love every one of them. Thank you so much," Taylor said.

"I don't even have my tour card - now I am playing in the Masters."

Padraig Harrington finished in a share of 21st on seven-under after a closing 74, while Shane Lowy ended his tournament on two-under-par.

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