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Fielding Defends Provo Open Title by Leap-Frogging Killpack on Final Hole; Rasmussen Low Am

In another sensational final hole climax Dusty Fielding came from behind and leap-frogged over Nick Killpack to win his second straight Provo Open championship.

The thrilling finish adds to the luster of the tournament that has become one of Utah’s top professional events.

Going onto that last hole Killpack had a one-shot lead over Fielding, but Fielding birdied the final hole and Killpack bogeyed.

The back-to-back win by Fielding makes it the third time in a row that the previous champion has defended his title. Tony Finau, now starring in the Big Dance, won back-to-back Provo Open titles in 2012-13 and Killpack won the title twice in a row in 2010-11. Now Fielding has won it in 2014-15.

None of them won it three straight times and so the jinx will be one of Field’s opponents next year.

Fielding shot a final round 66 to surpass Killpack’s final round 69. Fielding shot 67-63-69-196 while Killpack posted 66-62-69-197.

Zach Johnson finished in third place at 66-63-70-199.

Young Rhett Rasmussen won low amateur honors with a three day total of seven under par 203. He got off to a slow start with a 73, but rallied with back-to-back 65s to finish.

Provo Open

Leading Scores

196- Dusty Fielding, 67-63-66

197- Nick Killpack, 66-62-69

199- Zach Johnson, 66-63-70

203- a- Rhett Rasmussen, 73-65-65

204- Gipper Finau, 68-66-70

205- Matt Baird, 70-67-68; a-Brett Sampson, 70-67-68

206- a- C.J. Lee, 66-68-72

Complete scores and scorecards can be seen at:

http://tpp.ghin.com/Club/Scoring/ResultsStroke.aspx?id=39430