FARMINGTON — Patrick Fishburn knew he had the capability of shooting low on his home course at Oakridge Country Club, even while playing the professional setup like in the Utah Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour.
He got low Saturday — at least through 17 holes.
Fishburn carded a 6-under-par 65 to sit tied for 18th and five strokes off the lead with a moving-day blitz. The former BYU golfer played bogey-free golf with seven birdies through the par-4, 391-yard 17th hole to briefly tie for the lead.
The Ogden native’s first bogey of the day came on No. 18.
“I hit the ball pretty well tee-to-green and gave myself some opportunities,” Fishburn said. “I did OK with the opportunities that I had. I’m still struggling on the greens a bit and still struggling with my wedges. But it felt OK, for sure.”
Teeing off in the morning flight, Fishburn tallied three birdies on the front nine to take a 3-under 36 at the turn before hitting another level. With a birdie on the par-4, 389-yard 12th hole, he then used the experience of his home course to his advantage with three consecutive birdies on the 15th through 17th a day after back-to-back 68s to clear the cut on the Korn Ferry Tour.
“I was playing pretty well at my home course,” Fishburn said. “I think every round that I’ve played, I’ve gotten a little sharper with every club in the bag, and hopefully I keep that trend going.”
Daniel Summerhays birdied two of his final four holes Saturday to shoot 3-under 68, moving to 11-under on the tournament. The former BYU golfer who will retire to coach the Davis High golf team next fall had five birdies with just two bogeys in his second-best round of the tournament.
For the first time in the tournament, he played in a two-some, rather than alongside his nephew Preston and BYU freshman Cole Ponich, who both narrowly missed the cut Friday.
Oh, and he didn’t see any family members — besides his brother David, who caddied for the third-straight day, which was … odd, to say the least.
“It was kind of weird. You usually get some last-hole jitters with your family and friends and crowd around when it’s really exciting,” Summerhays admitted. “It’ll be a different emotion tomorrow. But I’ve already lived it so many ties; I’ve already felt like any round could be my last one.
“I made a couple of dumb mistakes out there, but it was easy to just smile at it. I’m doing a lot of great things for me, and just grateful for what golf has taught me.”
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• @RRuffels -16 (16)
• Paul Haley II -16 (9)
• @Dawie1983 -15 (16)
• @GarberJoey -15 (16)
• @BCrick22 -14 (F)
• T.J. Vogel -14 (12)
• @Chan_Blanchet -14 (11)
• @ChippyMac22 -14 (10)#KornFerryTourpic.twitter.com/0a4gtfH8AS
Sandy resident Mike Weir, another former BYU golf star, also shot 68 on the day, sinking back-to-back birdies on the par-5 15th and par-4 16th.
Weir is 9-under on the tournament, currently tied for 45th.
Paul Haley II and Kyle Jones each shot 4-under Saturday to take a one-shot lead into Sunday at 17-under. The 32-year-old former Georgia Tech golfer leads Ryan Ruffels, Dawie van der Walt, T.J. Vogel and Chandler Blanchet, who are all tied for third at 16-under.
Brandon Crick, Joey Garber, Will Zalatoris and Erik Barnes round out the top 10 at 14-under.
Sunday’s final round will air on the Golf Channel from 4-6 p.m. MT.