Ogden resident Zac Blair comes from PGA Tour lineage, and so you have to like his chances of making the big time.
Blair's father Jimmy qualified for the U.S. Open on several occasions--and played on the PGA Tour for one year. Blair himself played in his first U.S. Open this year--and he played well for his first time.
Now Blair himself will get that opportunity, if and only if he finishes in first or second place later this week at the Webcom Tour WinCo Foods Portland Open in Oregon.
Blair gets this chance of a lifetime based on his 14th place finish at the News-Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sun. Aug. 17. The result catapulted Blair from 41st to 38th place on the Webcom Tour money list.
The reason that's newsworthy is that the top 25 money winners on the Webcom Tour receive a PGA Tour card for one year. Blair is certainly within range based on his standing now. Tony Finau of Lehi is almost certain to receive his PGA Tour card; the cousin of NBA rookie Jabari Parker is sixth on the money list.
Blair isn't big or tall like Finau. He just simply plays steady golf. He currently ranks first among all golfers on the Webcom Tour in scoring average, netting a 68 per every 18 holes played. Before second round cuts this season, Blair is also tops in scoring average among all Webcom Tour golfers.
His bounce-back percentage is also the best on the tour and the number of consecutive cuts he's made this year (7) ranks him second overall. There is no question that Blair has played solid golf recently.
In Knoxville at the Fox Den Country Club this weekend, Blair didn't start out too well, however, shooting a 72 in the first round. His second round was more impressive. He made the cut after a second-round 65. He finished his third round with a 68 over 18 holes and wrapped up the News Sentinel Open with a 67, 12 strokes behind the leader.
Had Blair played as well in the first round, you might already see his name closer to the top 25 on the Webcom money list. Be that as it may, Blair is still within striking range of making the PGA Tour--he just needs a little more luck early on in Oregon later this week from the competitors ahead of him.