Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Zac Blair chips during the semifinals of Men's State Amateur golf tournament in Salt Lake City Saturday, July 21, 2012.
We’re going to have a lot of support here for the Utahns. —Tony Finau

SANDY — First-round play at the Utah Championship is scheduled to get under way Thursday morning at the Willow Creek Country Club. The state’s only official PGA Tour event, which concludes Sunday, has a $625,000 purse with the winner collecting a $112,500 payday.

The field of competitors includes defending champion Steven Alker, who shot a 22-under 262 last year and defeated Ashley Hall in a one-hole playoff for the title, and 2011 winner J.J. Killeen.

Local standouts Tony Finau, Zac Blair, Clay Ogden and Chris Moody are also among the challengers.

“We’re going to have a lot of support here for the Utahns," Finau said. "I know we have a special bond with a lot of the guys that will come out and watch us and stuff. So I’m excited about the week, for sure.”

This is the 23rd time that Utah has hosted a Tour event.

Past participants include Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink, John Daly, Jason Dufner, David Duval, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Zach Johnson, Shaun Micheel, Tom Lehman, Webb Simpson, David Toms and Bubba Watson.


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