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FARMINGTON — Patrick Fishburn was straddling the cut line and nearly out of magic as he walked up the fairway on No. 18 at Oakridge Country Club needing one stroke to play on the weekend in his hometown Utah Championship.

The former Fremont High golfer had just enough magic left on one hole to force another day.

Fishburn waved his putter and sank a short birdie putt on the par-4, 442-yard 18th hole to finish his second round at 2-under-par 69, and the former BYU golfer got to 5-under on the tournament to advance to the weekend on the Korn Ferry Tour's annual stop in the Beehive State.

The Ogden native will tee off at 8:25 a.m. MT in Saturday's third round, which will be broadcast on the NBC Sports App and streamed on

Fishburn was even-par after a bogey on the par-4, 389-yard 12th hole and faced an uphill battle as the cut line stared into his face.

Davis County native and fellow BYU alum Daniel Summerhays had already missed the cut after shooting 1-over 72 Friday. Similarly, 2-under 69 wasn't enough to save Corner Canyon product Rhett Rasmussen in his Korn Ferry Tour debut as he, like Summerhays, finished at 2-under 140.

Fishburn needed just a little bit extra.

It started on the par-5, 547-yard 15th hole, where Fishburn had a long putt for eagle fall short before finishing with a birdie to pull one back.

That upped the dramatics of No. 18, which "Fish" pulled out in front of a full grandstand welcoming back fans for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down crowds more than a year ago.

Chinese international Bobby Bai used an eagle on the par-5, 551-yard seventh hole and four consecutive birdies on the back nine to shoot 9-under 62 Friday and take a one-shot lead over Peter Uihlein at 13-under overall.

First-round leader Joshua Creel finished cut-down day at 11-under, followed by six players at 10-under 132.

"I played great today," Bai said. "I was a little bit aggressive off the tee and had a lot of wedges that I took a chance and hit them close.

"The eagle on seven was probably the best of the day, even though I hit the tee shot a little right. I just had to fit it in the middle of the green and made a 30-foot putt."

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A proud graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Walker has covered BYU for since 2015, while also mixing in prep sports, education, and anything else his editors assign him to do.


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