Zach Blair arrives on the second hole during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open on the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in San Diego. (Chris Carlson, The Associated Press)
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Farmington – In the history of the Utah Championship and its many iterations as a PGA-sanctioned event that has been played in various rounds of developmental and junior rounds since John Daly’s inaugural title in 1990, a group of champions have made their way through the Beehive State.
Some of them have gone through Utah in some form or style, but most of them barely made it to the Wasatch front before wrapping up a trophy, champion purse, and in many cases – the next season’s PGA Tour card, like Title holder Joshua Creel.
Several prominent Utah citizens competed to win the event, including Daniel Summerhayes, who Fell in a playoff en route to second place in 2020 in his home cycle. Will a local champion be crowned?
Zac Blair, who has a clean, clean face shave, aims to end the streak.
Blair, a BYU graduate who warmed up at Fremont High, fired a stealth-free run of 7-under-par 64 Thursday to finish just one shot off the lead after the first day of the Utah Championships at Oakridge Country Club.
“I kind of did everything you’re supposed to do here, kind of got all three, made a pair of sparrows with wedges, put a couple of good hits and felt like I got one kind of nice saving—I don’t even know what the hole is , and the second Par 3 on the back nine, “Blair standard examiner said After the tour.
Blair made three passes to hit the inning at 3-under-32. Then he added three more to move to 6-lower overall before a mid-range Flying bird plunged into the ninth hole par-4 to finish one shot off the lead.
Germany’s Jeremy Poole, Canadian Ben Silverman and American Andrew Cousin lead in eight under 63. They are followed by a group that includes Blair, Billy Tom Sargent, Akshay Bhatia and Hayden Springer.
Fellow BYU and Fremont graduate Patrick Fishburne, who entered the week at number 71 in the Top 75 on the Korn Ferry Tour, is one shot and tied for ninth. Former Brigham Young University golfer Austin Christiansen tied for 23 at 4 under 67, followed by recent Cougar graduate Peter Quest at 38 with a score of 68 – tied to Brigham Young University senior Carson Lundell, who plays as an amateur on the Shepherds exemption.
Summerhays fired the 70 to end the tie in 88th, and Brighton High School graduate and BYU golfer David Timmins, who advanced through Monday’s playoffs at TalonsCove in Saratoga Springs, fired the shot 73.
The Korn Ferry Tour’s top 75 at the end of the regular season advance to the Tour Finals, a series of three tournaments that help determine the top 25 players who will receive PGA Tour cards for the upcoming season.
Fishburn spurs another local golfer — and major sponsor — at Tony Finau, who became the first PGA Tour pro to win back-to-back regular season events since 2019 last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
“Tony has inspired me for the past two weeks,” Fishburne He said before the tournament. “He won twice in a row, and I would like to repeat that.”
Blair begins injury rehabilitation on the Korn Ferry Tour as he tries Return to the PGA Tour, starting 23 times in 2019-20 with 12 cuts made and four of the top 25 finishes, not to mention $745,273 in prize money. Since then, he’s only started four times with one cut, in addition to the three events played on the Korn Ferry Tour this season while also undergoing two surgeries to fix his right strain.
With so little playing time – a long absence due to shoulder surgeries doesn’t help – Blair finished 147th on the Korn Ferry Tour. But his return is more than just money as he balances a return to golf Designing a new course in South Carolina.
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