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Great Day for Utah Golf Hall of Fame! Forsman Wins! Blake Second!
Sunday at the Hualalai Golf Course in Hawaii was a great day for the Utah Golf Hall of Fame!!
Dan Forsman (Hall of Fame Class of 2011) won the PGA Champions Tour Mitsubishi Championship and Jay Don Blake (also Hall of Fame Class of 2011) finished in second place two shots back. Forsman had rounds of 67-65-69-201 and Blake shot 69-67-67-203. Mike Reid, also in the Utah Golf Hall of Fame (Class of 2007), played in the event but finished down the leaderboard.
In an emotional interview on the final green Forsman said, “This is unbelievable. To win this event, on this venue, competing against players I’ve admired all my life is humbling.”
He hugged his wife Trudy and expressed gratitude for her and their family and for all his supporters. His son, Tommy, is his regular caddy and packed the bag all three days.
Forsman started the final round with a two shot lead and led the entire way. His lead was never threatened. Blake was the only challenger to move up the board but was never closer than two shots. Forsman managed the course and the lead comfortably by hitting 16 greens and made four birdies against only one bogey. His only bogey of the day came on the 12th hole, but he birdied the 14th.
During the tournament he hit more greens in regulation than any player in the field. He hit all 18 greens the first day. The second day he hit only ten greens, but remarkably took only 21 putts and shot his best round of the tournament, a seven under par 65.
He pocketed the first place prize money of just over $300,000 and since it was the first tournament of the year he takes the initial lead in the Charles Schwab Cup standings—-with Jay Don Blake in second place.
Last year Forsman had a difficult year on the tour because of back or hip pain. He has adjusted his swing to accommodate what may be an ongoing problem. He said in an interview after the second round that he is focused on staying on his right foot longer through the swing but that he doesn’t always succeed at it.
The next Champions Tour event is the Alliance Championship, February 10-12 in Boca Raton, Florida.