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Taylor’s 66 has Huskies in NCAA hunt

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 29, 2008 at 6:21 pm with No Comments »
May 29, 2008 6:21 pm

at Kampen Course, West Lafayette, Ind.
7,450 yards, par 72

UW team finish: 2-over 290, third-best team score
of the second round. The Huskies are sixth at 19-over 595 through two
rounds, six strokes behind leader Clemson (589).

UW individuals:
Nick Taylor (66)
Tze Huang Choo (72)
Zach Bixler (76)
Darren Wallace (76)
* John Wise (79)

Taylor sits in third at 3-under 141, followed by Bixler (150, tied
for 32nd), Wallace (155, tied for 85th), and Wise and Choo (156, tied
for 96th).

Taylor’s round: UW coach Matt Thurmond called
Taylor’s 66 – the round of the tournament so far – one of the best in
the history of the Huskies postseason, including James Lepp’s
final-round 63 that captured the 2005 NCAA championship. Taylor made a
pair of sidewinding 30-foot putts for birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 (his
fourth and fifth holes), finished his first nine in 31, then birdied
the first and second holes on tap-in putts to go 7-under through 11
holes. He did bogey the 230-yard, par-3 fifth, and had a 10-foot birdie
putt on his final hole that lipped out.

Thurmond’s comments: “Honestly, we’ve played as
well as anybody. We’re the only team from the morning session
(Wednesday) that is in the top six, so for us to be where we’re at is
actually more impressive … because that morning round was so difficult.
We’re in the hunt.”

Hole of the day: Taylor’s performance was certainly
the Huskies’ highlight, but the 600-yard, par-5 sixth was key late in
both the rounds of Choo and Bixler. Choo birdied one of the course’s
longest holes, and Bixler made an eagle-3.

* Wise’s round did not count toward team total.

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