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FARMINGTON — By the dawn of the third round of the Utah Championship that commenced a few hours into Saturday, five former BYU golfers kept themselves in the field chasing the title.
Perhaps none were more inspiring than Daniel Summerhays.
The 38-year-old former PGA Tour victor shot 4-under-par 67 to move to 9-under and a tie for 41st Saturday at Oakridge Country Club. But for Summerhays, just getting to the round was a feat.
Playing through clouds, a two-hour weather delay, and threat of darkness to complete 20 holes on moving day, Summerhays needed every one of them just to stay in the field.
The former BYU star couldn't finish his second round Friday due to darkness and sat one shot below the cut line with three holes remaining. So the recently unretired volunteer assistant coach for the Cougars returned to his home course at 7 a.m. to finish the round and skirted into the weekend with his final putt, a birdie on the 18th hole, that let him play through Sunday.
That sparked a bogey-free round with four birdies to push the Davis High alum inside the top 50.
Summerhays, who will tee off at 11 a.m. MDT Sunday, finished seven shots off the lead — with three fellow former BYU golfers between him and top-rated Mark Anderson at 16-under.
Former West Coast Conference champion Peter Kuest is the closest after shooting 4-under 67 to move to 14-under overall. The former BYU standout balanced seven birdies with a bogey and a double bogey on the back nine to move into the top five (with ties) ahead of Sunday's final round, which will commence at 2:10 p.m. for Kuest.
Former BYU golfer Austen Christiansen, a Houston native who finished his collegiate career at Sam Houston State before turning pro this summer, shot 3-under to finish tied for 31st at 10-under overall.
Patrick Fishburn, the Fremont High alum who shot 65 and 68 in the first two rounds, dropped his fifth birdie Saturday on the 18th green to finish at 4-under 67 and three shots off the lead. Ranked No. 71 on the Korn Ferry Tour's points system, Fishburn is all-but guaranteed a spot inside the top 75 that will guarantee him a place in the tour playoffs — and a chance at one of 25 PGA Tour cards up for grabs through the three-weekend series.
If nothing else, it guarantees his status on the Korn Ferry Tour for next year, too.
Continuing his injury rehabilitation from shoulder surgery, Fishburn's former Silverwolves and BYU teammate Zac Blair went 1-under Saturday to move to 11-under before Sunday's finale.
In a race to the clubhouse where players teed off on the first and 10th holes in threesomes beginning at 8:30 a.m. to beat the afternoon thunderstorms that rolled through northern Utah, Anderson just beat the horn with his third birdie in five holes to move to 16-under and a one-shot lead ahead of Sunday's final round.
When you take the clubhouse lead with five minutes to spare. 😅⛈— Korn Ferry Tour (@KornFerryTour) August 6, 2022
Mark Anderson is 16-under. pic.twitter.com/vDMtPTcuNN
Rookie Pierceson Coody, fresh off leading Texas to the NCAA championship, is one shot back of Anderson, tied for second with a group that includes Australia's Harrison Endycott and Sweden's Pontus Nyholm, the third-round leader.
"I couldn't have told you yes or not what would happen before the summer started," Coody said. "I've missed some cuts, and had some good events. I feel like I've tasted both ends of pro golf early, and hopefully I can keep getting more experience."
Anderson and Coody will tee off in the final group at 3 p.m.
Utah Championship pres. By Zions Bank
Round 3 at Oakridge Country Club
- 1 — Mark Anderson; -16
- T2 — Pierceson Coody, Harrison Endycott, Pontus Nyholm; -15
- T5 — Trevon Cone, Mac Meissner, Roberto Diaz, Michael Feagles, John Chin, Will Gordon, Peter Kuest; -14
- T13 — Patrick Fishburn; -13
- T26 — Zac Blair; -11
- T30 — Austen Christiansen; -10
- T41 — Daniel Summerhays; -9