SANDY -- The Web.com Tour golfers have a perfect set-up for this week's Utah Championship.
The stretch run of the Web.com Tour regular season gets revved up today with the start of the Utah event, the first of seven consecutive stops that will finalize 25 PGA Tour cards and fill 75 slots in the new Finals series.
Willow Creek is a popular stop, ranking as the 10th-easiest layout on last year's Web.com Tour schedule, with 190 rounds in the 60s.
Doug LaBelle II overcame a five-shot deficit on the final day to capture the 2012 tourney, derailing Michael Putnam's bid to become the event's first multiple winner.
The victory took LaBelle from 92nd on the money list to 14th, on the way to a PGA Tour promotion at year's end.
Putnam had sought a trophy to bookend with his 2010 victory, settling instead for his second runner-up finish in five visits. His career earnings of $174,651 in Utah top the event's all-time list.
The 7,104 yard layout in Sandy has hosted the Utah Open for over 15 years.
With two wins on the year, Putnam is again the only player on Tour in position to earn a battlefield promotion this week.
Utah fans will have a few local players to cheer on.
Former BYU golfers Zac Blair and Clay Ogden are in the field, along with Zach Johnson, Danny Ellis and Joseph Summerhays.
Blair won the 2009 Utah State Amateur, the Cache Valley Amateur, the Salt Lake City Amateur, the Coral Canyon Amateur, 2011 Pacific Northwest Amateur, while being named Utah Golf Association Player of the Year four years in a row beginning in 2009.
Ogden advanced through Monday's local qualifier at Glen Eagle Course, and knows the Willow Crrek layout well.
In addition to the tournament, there will be "Pink on the Links" activities raising funds for Huntsman Cancer Foundation including professional and Olympic athletes on hand showing their support for the tournament and signing autographs, a $250,000 donation to Huntsman Cancer Foundation for any pro making a hole in one on the 18th green on Saturday, and a hot dog lunch.
And for the seventh year, the Utah Championship will feature "Moustache Week." James Nitties, who is in the field, is the contest's "defending champion," as Web.com regular show off their moustaches as part of a fundraiser.