Zach Blair hits the second hole during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament on the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in San Diego. (Chris Carlson, Associated Press)
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FARMINGTON – In the history of the Utah Championship and its many iterations as a PGA-sanctioned event since John Daly’s
Some made it through Utah in some form or fashion, but most managed to touch the Wasatch Front before leaving with a trophy, championship purse and — in many cases — a PGA Tour card for the next season. The reigning champion is Joshua Creel.
A number of famous Utahns have entered the race to win the event, including the latest Daniel Summerhayes. In the year In 2020, he failed in the qualifiers to finish second On the home course. Can he be crowned local champion?
Sporting a new clean shaven face, Zac Blair aims to end his streak.
Blair, a BYU alum who started prep at Fremont High, shot a bogey-free round to finish in the lead after the first day of the Utah Championship Thursday with a 7-under-64.
“I did everything you’re supposed to do out here, I got all three par 5s, I made two birdies, I made two good putts and I felt like I had one good save on — I don’t even know what hole it was, the second par 3 on the back nine,” Blair said. He told The Standard-Examiner. After the round.
Blair, who was leading the Oakridge team but plays the back nine in the championship setup, made three birdies to shoot a round of 3-under 32. He then added three more to move to 6-under overall. before making a mid-range birdie on the par-4 ninth hole to finish one shot off the lead.
Germany’s Jeremy Paul, Canada’s Ben Silverman and America’s Andrew Kozan lead the tournament at 8-under 63, followed by Blair, Billy Tom Sargent, Akshay Bhatia and Hayden Springer.
BYU and Fremont graduate Patrick Fishburne, who entered the week tied for 71st on the Korn Ferry Tour top 75, is one shot back and tied for ninth. Former BYU golfer Austen Christiansen is tied for 23rd at 4-under 67, while recent Cougar graduate Peter Quest is tied for 38th with a 68 — tied with BYU senior Carson Lundell, who is playing as an amateur on the exemption from sponsors.
Summerhays shot 70 to finish tied for 88th, while Brighton High graduate and BYU golfer David Timmins shot 73 in Monday’s qualifier at Talonkov in Saratoga Springs.
The top 75 on the Korn Ferry Tour advance to the Tour Finals at the end of the regular season, a three-tournament series that helps determine the top 25 players who earn PGA Tour cards for the following season.
Fishburn, inspired by another local golfer – and key sponsor – in Tony Finau, became the first PGA Tour pro to win back-to-back regular season events since 2019 at the Rockets Mortgage Classic last week.
“Tony inspired me the last two weeks,” Fishburne said He said before the race.. “He’s won two in a row, and I’d love to repeat that.”
Blair is on the move as he tries to start his injury recovery on the Korn Ferry Tour. Back to the PGA TourNot to mention 23 starts in 2019-20 with 12 cuts and four top-25 finishes of $745,273 in prize money. Since then, he has had two surgeries to repair his right labrum in addition to three starts on the Korn Ferry Tour this season, making just four starts with one cut.
With such little playing time — an extended absence from shoulder surgery didn’t help — Blair is ranked 147th on the Korn Ferry Tour. But when it comes to returning to golf, the return is more than just money. Designing a new course in South Carolina.
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