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Utah Championship: Fremont, BYU alum Patrick Fishburn finishes tied for 2nd

By Patrick Carr - Prep Sports Reporter | Aug 7, 2022

Patrick Carr, Standard-Examiner

Pro golfer Patrick Fishburn stares at his shot on the No. 10 hole at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington during the Korn Ferry Tour Utah Championship golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

FARMINGTON — During Friday’s second round of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Utah Championship golf tournament, there was a moment where Patrick Fishburn and Zac Blair, two Fremont High and BYU alums, shared a lead at 10-under-par.

Late Sunday in the final round, Fishburn once again held a share of the lead. That lead was also temporary, but only just.

Fishburn shot a 7-under-par 64 on Sunday, charging up the leaderboard and finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the professional tournament at Oakridge Country Club, just one shot behind the eventual champion.

A bogey on the 17th hole sent Fishburn down to 19-under for the tournament before he birdied the 18th to get back to 20-under, simultaneously basking in his highest finish this season and ruing the chances he missed that could’ve possibly secured the Ogden native’s first Korn Ferry Tour victory.

The good news for the 30-year-old Fishburn is his 20-under performance helps him creep closer to clinching a spot in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, where the top 75 players in the KFT regular-season standings contest three tournaments with 25 PGA Tour cards at stake.

Fishburn started the Utah Championship at No. 71 in the standings and has now vaulted to No. 46. With one regular-season tournament left — next week in Omaha, Nebraska — Fishburn appears set for a KFT Finals berth. Players who missed the cut at this week’s tournament fell by no more than six spots in the KFT standings.

Finishing one shot above Fishburn and two others tied at 20-under was 23-year-old Andrew Kozan, a recent Auburn University graduate who not only won his first Korn Ferry Tour event, but shot up the KFT standings from No. 153 to No. 41 to put himself in good position for a PGA Tour card.

Kozan shot a final-round 63 with birdies in five of his final seven holes. He opened the tournament with a 63 on Thursday.

After an opening-round 64, Blair finished at 13-under for the tournament and tied for 30th. Blair shot 2-under 69 on Sunday.

Blair carded a double bogey on No. 10 and a bogey on No. 11 before recovering with two birdies later in the back nine. Blair is recovering from right shoulder surgery in 2020, and his rehab process has included playing tournaments on the KFT before an anticipated September return to the PGA Tour.

Daniel Summerhays also finished tied for 30th at 13-under. Summerhays had three consecutive rounds of 67 after an opening-day 70. He finished Sunday’s round strong with on No. 15 and birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 after previously carding two bogeys on the back nine.

Multiple weather delays Friday pushed the end of the second round to early Saturday morning. At the time, the projected cut line was 5-under and Summerhays was 4-under with two holes to play in his second round. Summerhays birdied the 18th on Saturday morning to finish his second round and make the cut.

Former BYU golfer Peter Kuest finished tied for fifth at 19-under after shooting 5-under 66 on Sunday. Kuest made an eagle on the par-5 second hole. Another former BYU golfer, Austen Christiansen, tied for 47th at 11-under.

Connect with reporter Patrick Carr via email at pcarr@standard.net, Twitter @patrickcarr_ and Instagram @standardexaminersports.

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