If you ever wanted to catch people out at a pub quiz, ask them to recall the four rookies who represented USA at the 2006 Ryder Cup. Zach Johnson will likely gather the most votes. After all, he has carved out a pretty successful career since, as his two major titles would testify. The names of J. J. Henry, Brett Wetterich and Vaughn Taylor, on the other hand, will probably leave most people floundering.
Unlike last year’s Open champion, all three have struggled to reach the same heights from a decade ago, joining the unwanted list of so-called one-hit wonders. That was until Taylor hit the headlines at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week, posting a final-round 65 to secure his first PGA Tour title for 11 years. Not bad considering he was first reserve until Carl Pettersson withdrew.
But where has the 39-year-old been since he was rubbing shoulders with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk at the K Club in County Kildare, Ireland nearly 10 years ago?