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How Vaughn Taylor, winner at Pebble Beach, found perspective from harrowing boating mishap

February 15, 2016

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Two years ago, Vaughn Taylor was in a boating mishap that he thought might end his life. “When he was finally safe, he called his wife, Leot, who remembers him being ‘in hysterics.’ She remembers him thinking he would never make it back home to her and their young son Locklyn again. ‘It taught him,’ she says now, ‘that life is precious.’ That might have been a lesson that Taylor needed. He admits these days that he once took too much for granted. His career, his life -- all of it,” ESPN’s Jason Sobel writes in this story on Taylor, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday.


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