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Utahn Zac Blair posts solid opening-round 71 at U.S. Open golf tournament

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 9:54 p.m. MDT

Zac Blair watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (Chuck Burton, AP) Zac Blair watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (Chuck Burton, AP)

The opening round of the U.S. Open couldn’t have gone much better for Ogden’s Zac Blair Thursday afternoon.

Playing in his first PGA Tour event, Blair fired a 1-over-par 71 at the Pinehurst No. 2 Course in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and stands in a tie for 36th place with players such as Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson and Zach Johnson. A similar score on Friday would almost certainly put Blair in prime position to make the 36-hole cut.

Blair was in the last grouping of the first round and had a consistent day with 15 pars, two bogeys and a birdie on the par-70 layout. He started on the back nine, and after making a bogey at No. 12, came back with a birdie at the par-4 No. 3 hole. He stayed even par until making his second bogey at No. 8, his 17th hole of the day.

The 23-year-old Blair is a former Utah State Amateur champion who played at BYU for four years before turning pro earlier this year. He is playing on the Latinoamerica Tour, where he ranks No. 17 on the money list.

On Friday, he tees off at 6:57 a.m. MDT with Hunter Stewart and Sam Love.

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