Taylor wins 2003 Open in sudden death playoff

Taylor wins 2003 Open in sudden death playoff

Vaughn Taylor birdied the first playoff hole to defeat runner-up Joe Ogilvie. Vaughn Taylor birdied the first playoff hole to defeat runner-up Joe Ogilvie.

June 29, 2003

By JOHN HANEY
6 Sports Anchor/Reporter

FARRAGUT (WATE) -- The Knoxville Open produced an ending worthy of its distinction as the oldest date on the nationwide tour Sunday when Vaughn Taylor chased down Joe Ogilvie to a sudden death playoff.

Taylor posted a course record-tying 8-under-par 64 and then birdied the first playoff hole to defeat runner-up Ogilvie to win the $475,000 Knoxville Open.

Ogilvie and Taylor both finished at 20-under-par 268. Doug LaBelle II was the nearest challenger at 18-under-par 270.

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Taylor and Ogilvie both had eagle chances on the final regulation hole. Taylor settled for birdie after his putt on the No. 18 slid just by the hole. Ogilvie, who played two groups behind, then two-putted for his birdie, setting the stage for the playoff.

Ogilvie had trouble on the 18th hole during the playoff when his second shot found the pond fronting the green. But Taylor knocked his shot on the green and two-putted for birdie for his first career victory on the Nationwide Tour.

With the Knoxville Open victory, Taylor collects a career-best $85,500 and moves from No. 8 to No. 2 on the Nationwide Tour money list with $200,933. He also becomes the fastest player in the history of the Nationwide Tour to surpass the $200,000 mark, doing so in just five tournaments.

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