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Zac Blair Tees Up at Sand Hollow Open, Trails After First Round

HURRICANE, Utah — PGA Tour professional Zac Blair, making a unique appearance at an off-tour event, posted a solid first-round score, one expected of Tour players.
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But others were simply better Thursday at the opening round of the 54-hole Sand Hollow Open presented by the Leavitt Group. Colorado professionals Jim Knous and Zakariah Brown, as well as Phil Reedy from Las Vegas, Nevada, each posted 7-under 65 to top a crowded leaderboard. Knous birdied his final three holes to charge into the lead and post first at 7-under. He had just one bogey and played the par 5s at 4-under.
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 “I’m very happy with my round,” Knous said.
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 Brown recorded a spotless card, notching seven birdies and no bogeys.
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 “Today, I didn’t do anything crazy out there. It was just a solid round,” Brown said. “I’ve been working on my tempo, so I was really happy with my ball-striking.”
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 Reedy eagled the second and 17th holes, had three birdies and also did not record a bogey.
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 Pete Stone posted a 6-under 66 and sits alone in second place. 
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Blair, who recently finished his rookie season on the PGA Tour, shot a 5-under 67. Nick Killpack, Edward Stewart, Jimmy Mee, Trevor Simsby, and Gipper Finau, are also at 5-under. Thirteen players are within three shots of the lead. 
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“I played last year and had a lot of fun. Sand Hollow has always been really nice to me, I like it here. They called me up and asked if I could play, and I said sure,” Blair said.
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 First place earns a check of $15,000. After Friday's second round the leaderboard will be cut to the low 30 scores for Saturday's final round. 
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Sand Hollow Opening Round Results: http://tpp.ghin.com/Club/Scoring/ResultsStroke.aspx?id=76201