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U.S. Open update: Despite tall odds, BYU golfer Zac Blair poised to make history

Former BYU golfer Zac Blair.
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It’s not every day that you get to play in the US Open, period. Yet, it’s something that former BYU golfer Zac Blair will get to accomplish starting this week in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

That's not all Blair will do, though. The 23-year old will also make history at this US Open, becoming just the third father and child duo from Utah to have played at the US Open--Zac's father Jimmy also played it in 1981. The Blair family joins Johnny and Andy Miller, as well as Bruce and Carrie Summerhays as parent-child duos who have played the venerable tournament.

And while the odds are certainly stacked against Zac Blair at this US Open according to this article published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, June 11, you would be hard pressed to find another player more willing to take on what seems like insurmountable odds at Pinehurst.

Zac Blair certainly hasn’t made his improbable journey boring, if you consider that he plays the PGA Tour Latinoamericana thousands of miles away as a pro--but made the trip back to the United States between tournaments to play in and qualify for the US Open.

He did so at a sectional tournament in Creswell, Oregon last week, becoming the only player from Utah out of six who entered sectionals across the country and qualified for the US Open. And for all of his troubles and logging of frequent flier miles, Blair will tee off last at Pinehurst.

Blair’s chances of making the final round cut at the US Open are about as good as slim and none--but as you can see from his globe-trotting ways, having less of a chance than most people hasn’t stopped him. Not only that, he's getting his practice game on--like on Tuesday, June 10 according to his Twitter page, a travelogue filled with good humor and picturesque photography.

“Pinehurst No. 2 hole 9, getting in a quick nine holes this evening #peaceful #amazing,” Blair tweeted Tuesday, obviously having the time of his young life as he looks to buck the tall odds against him. If you’re a betting man, you'd be a fool to think this former BYU star couldn't pull off the unthinkable this weekend.

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