On a weekend that former BYU golfer Mike Weir would again like to forget about -- similar to last week -- the PGA Tour stop at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday, April 26 has been anything but boring for Farmington resident Daniel Summerhays.
The fellow ex-Cougar star may be ranked 101st overall in the world -- but his golf as of late has been scintillating, especially Saturday as he shot a third-round 69 to move into a tie for 16th place going into Sunday’s final round at the TPC Louisiana.
Summerhays didn’t start out all that hot this week, beginning his tournament with a 72 score over the first 18 holes. But a second round 68 score on Friday -- combined with five birdies and one eagle -- put him in contention and helped him avoid the dreaded cut that got Weir.
Then on Saturday, it was Summerhays' steady golfing that kept him in the top 20 as he shot six birdies. Had he not had two bogeys on the back nine on Saturday, there is no telling where he would have ended up on the leader board.
Summerhays is still looking for his first PGA Tour victory -- though he nearly broke through at the Valero Texas Open last month, finishing second overall. But, you can certainly tell that he is getting very comfortable in his surroundings.
Being just six years removed from his collegiate career at BYU, Summerhays has earned over $1 million on the PGA Tour this season -- a far greater amount than Weir. As he inches closer towards that first win, his golf seems to improve enough that you can sense that breakthrough coming. It’s just a matter of time before it happens now.