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" class="slickTip" target="_blank" >It hasn't been the greatest week for Sam Saunders. His grandfather Robert Saunde...It hasn't been the greatest week for Sam Saunders. His grandfather Robert Saunders has been ill at home in Florida and his clubs got delayed on the way to Indiana. Normally, he might have become worked up. Instead, he's found new perspective and played his way into the lead at the Hotel Fitness Championship.
Rested Blaum starts strong in pursuit for card
Hotel Fitness Championship, Web.com Tour, The Upshot" class="slickTip" target="_blank" >Ryan Blaum made eight birdies and no bogeys in an opening 64 to lead Greg Chalme...Ryan Blaum made eight birdies and no bogeys in an opening 64 to lead Greg Chalmers and Tom Hoge by a stroke heading into Friday at the Hotel Fitness Championship.
Rested Blaum starts strong in pursuit for card
Hotel Fitness Championship, Web.com Tour, The Upshot
It was a busy week of golf this week as the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs started on the PGA TOUR, The regular season finale took place on the Web.com Tour, and there was the Utah Open here locally.
The Web.com Tour was in Portland, Oregon for the WinCo Foods Portland Open. Two time winner Carlos Ortiz started the season on fire and decided to end on fire by outlasting a hard charging Jason Gore to win his 3rd tournament of the season. Utah born Scott Pinckney finished T5 this week and local resident Tony Finau finished T46. Local player Zac Blair missed the cut. Past Utah Championship winners J.J. Killeen (2011) and Andres Gonzales (2014) missed the cut and 2013 winner Steven Alker finished T5.
With the regular season ending in Portland, the Web.com Tour handed out the first 25 PGA TOUR cards for the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR season. Local resident Tony Finau with his win at the Stonebrae Classic earned him an 8th place finish to earn his way on to the PGA TOUR. 2014 and 2013 Utah Championship winners Andres Gonzales and Steven Alker also earned their PGA TOUR cards for the 2014-2015 season.
The Web.com Tour now kicks off its 4 tournament playoff which will include the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour and the 126th -200 players from the PGA TOUR. They will start things off in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Hotel Fitness Championship. Players that will be teeing it up with local ties are Tony Finau, Zac Blair, Scott Pinckney, and Mike Weir. Past Utah Championship winners in the field are Andres Gonzales (2014), Steven Alker (2013), Doug LaBelle (2012) and Josh Teater (2009).
The PGA TOUR kicked off the first week of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs at the Barclays. The top 125 players over the season were entered top play. Hunter Mahan came out on top and moved him into the top spot in the Fed Ex Cup point’s race. Past Utah Championship winners Zach Johnson (2003) finished T22, Brendon Todd (2008) T46, and Michael Putnam (2010) MC. Local resident Daniel Summerhays finished T46. The PGA TOUR will now move to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Only the top 100 player’s move on to the deutsche Bank this week. All 3 past champions will move on to this week’s tournament along with Daniel Summerhays.
The Utah Open took place this week at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah. It was a solid three days of golf which ended in local resident B.J. Staten from Cottonwood Heights winning in a three hole playoff. Congratulations B.J. who is a great friend of the Utah Championship.
The PGA TOUR season has come to an end, and players are gearing up for the final run for the FedEx Cup Championship. This past week the Wyndham Championship celebrated its 75th year in Greensboro, NC. Camilo Villegas got off to a hot start and posted a final round 63 to finish -17 . Camilo started the round playing 5 under on his first 6 holes and held off Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson who tied for second at -16. It was Camilo first’s win since the Honda Classic in 2010. With the win Villegas moved up to 37th in points for the FedEx Cup. .
Former Utah Championship Champion(s) Doug LaBelle II and Josh Teater finished T38, Michael Putnam finished T57.
As top 125 players prepare for the Barclays Rory McIlroy is in the lead with Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson 2nd and 3rd. Former Utah Championship Champions Zach Johnson is 11th, Brendon Todd 12th, Michael Putnam is 84th, and Josh Teater misses the Barclay this week coming in at 153rd.
Local players with Utah Ties, Daniel Summerhays is currently at 46th and will be playing on thru the BMW. Mike Weir finished at 134th
The Web.com Tour was in Knoxville, TN for the News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot. Martin Piller outlasted former Texas A&M teammate Bronson Burgoon for the win. Piller who had a T26 this year at the Utah Championship has worked hard on his short game that helped guide him to the win.
Utah Native Zac Blair finished at T14 and has moved up to number 38 in his quest for his PGA TOUR card as one of the Top 25. A strong finish up at the WinCo Foods Portland Open solo 3rd or better will move him into the top 25 to join other Utah favorite Tony Finau (who did not play last week) who sits comfortably at number 6 and is guaranteed his PGA TOUR card for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Scott Pinckney who was raised in Utah County currently sits at number 53 and needs to have some solid results in the 4 season ending events to secure his playing card for next year.
Like the Utah Championship, this week’s event can be seen on the Golf Channel over their 4 days.
Utah Championship Presented by Zions Bank