by Tom HARALDSEN
FARMINGTON—The Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank and hosted by the Utah Sports Commission returns to Oakridge Country Club in Farmington this week. It begins today with the first of four rounds, concluding on Sunday. First place is worth $126,000. The field of 156 golfers will tee off today, competing for their share of the $700,000 prize money. First place is worth $126,000 and the winner is almost guaranteed a qualifying card for the PGA Tour.
There’ll be some local interest this year, as former BYU golfer and Masters champion Mike Weir is in the field. Weir, who is gearing up for the PGA Champions Tour once he turns 50 (he’s 48), has been fighting off several injuries the past few years. He’s won eight times on the PGA tour, including three times in 2003, the year of his Masters victory, and has won over $27 million in his career. He turned pro in 1992 shortly after graduating from BYU.
Seokwon Jeon, the assistant pro at River Oaks in Sandy, and a former Utah State golfer, qualified on Monday for one of 12 open spots in play at Talons Cove in Saratoga Springs. Scott Pinckney, a Murray native who played collegiately at Arizona State, is also in the field. The three are the only golfers with a local connection for this week’s tournament.
Among the current Top 25 golfers on the Tour (the final 25 earn PGA Tour cards for next year), 22 are listed in the Utah Championship field. Other notables include former BYU golfer Patrick Fishburn, making his Web.com Tour debut, former Utah Championship winner Josh Teater, and a number of players who’ve competed on the regular tour over the past few years.
Thursday and Friday rounds begin at 7 a.m., with the third and fourth rounds this weekend starting at 7:30 a.m. There is a Comcast Kid’s Clinic on Saturday at 4 p.m. as well. The trophy presentation will be on Sunday afternoon following completion of play. All four days of competition will be broadcast live on Golf Channel starting at 3 p.m. local time.
Parking is limited at the country club, so shuttle buses will be used to bring patrons to the course. Those bus routes and other information will be available on the tournament website. Tickets for the 2018 event can be purchased at the box office, located at Oakridge Country Club. For information, visit UtahChampionship.com or call 801.328.2372.