Taylor goes low

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Amateur Nick Taylor ended a long Thursday in style – holing a bunker shot for birdie at the par-3 14th just before the horn blew to stop play Friday night.

Taylor’s birdie put him at 5 under for the day. He’s 2 under for the tournament and tied for sixth. He’ll return at 7:30 Saturday morning to play the final four holes of his second round (Note: Taylor will do a live chat on Golfweek.com after he completes the round).

Taylor looked at the leaderboard often Friday, but not to see his name.

“In the morning, most of the time I was looking at Mike Weir to see how he was playing,” Taylor said. “It was good to see he was playing well.”

It’s a good week for Taylor, who missed the cut in the ‘08 Open. He moved to No. 1 in the R&A’s World Amateur Rankings earlier this week; he’s No. 8 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Amateur Rankings.

Taylor, a rising senior at the University of Washington, was honest when asked by a reporter if he was surprised by his position. “Ya,” he replied.

But Taylor has plays well on tough courses, finishing second and T-9 in the past two NCAA Championships.

Taylor was paired with Gary Woodland, who also made a move Friday afternoon. Woodland matched Taylor’s first-round 73, and is 4 under for the second round.

“We both made a lot of putts in the afternoon,” Taylor said.

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