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Kuchar pushes Taylor at Turning Stone

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  • Vaughn Taylor is leading the field at the Turning Stone Resort Championship
  • American compatriot Matt Kuchar is one shot behind Taylor at nine under
  • Kuchar had tied the lead at the 15th before veteran Taylor pulled clear
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(CNN) -- Matt Kuchar admitted he was satisfied with his second-round 68 to finish a stroke behind leader Vaughn Taylor at the Turning Stone Resort Championship in New York.

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar shot a second-round 68 at the Turning Stone Resort Championship in New York.

Taylor, who is ranked 131st on the U.S. PGA Tour money list, fired his second consecutive five-under par 67 to take the lead after he finished at 10 under.

American Kuchar, who shot 68 in the first round at the Atunyote Golf Club, was able to card four birdies and an eagle with two bogeys to increase the pressure on Taylor at the top of the leaderboard.

Kuchar ultimately finished level with compatriots Leif Olson and Nicholas Thompson although he had briefly pulled level with Taylor before the veteran pulled clear.

"I saw Vaughn Taylor was up there, so I knew when I made that birdie on 15, that put me tied for the lead, but at this point it really doesn't matter," Kuchar told the PGA Web site.

"It would have been nice to have birdied the next to the last three holes. They all add up the same, whether it's this round or Saturday or Sunday. You know, they all count for one shot.

"So I'm pleased that I shot four-under today. It was nasty in the start of the round and nasty at the end of the round. We had a nice little window there for about two hours with pretty fair skies.

"Today the weather gave us a break there in the middle. We kind of got a good break of at least clear skies, and I played some pretty good golf."

Rookie Scott Piercy (66), Fredrik Jacobson (67), and Bo Van Pelt (66) were all tied at eight under, two shots behind the lead.

Van Pelt in particular impressed as he moved into contention with seven birdies on the back nine, six of them in a row despite a deterioration in weather conditions.

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