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Taylor, Shah claim titles at inaugural Dustin Johnson tournament

Looking at the weather forecast prior to the inaugural Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, Blake Taylor was a bit concerned.

The East Carolina commitment from Atkinson, N.C., didn’t play his best golf last month in the Carolinas-Georgia Junior Championship in similarly cold and breezy conditions, and feared he’d struggle again with temperatures in the 30s Saturday and Sunday and rain in addition to temperatures in the mid-40s Monday.

On this occasion, Taylor remained focused and weathered the conditions beautifully at TPC Myrtle Beach to claim a four-shot win over University of South Carolina signee Jamie Wilson of Mount Pleasant with a 2-over 218.

“It’s kind of nice to be able to follow that up with a couple good rounds in the cold,” Taylor said. “This previous week I went out and practiced a couple days in it to try to get as used to it as possible. The biggest battle was probably just knowing you can’t go out and make birdies and shoot 68, knowing on a day like today or [Sunday], that a 74 or 75, if that’s all you can do and all the field can put up, that’s all you’re going to need.”

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