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Golf: Daniel Summerhays is last Utahn standing in PGA Championship

First Published      Last Updated Jul 29 2016 10:12 pm


PGA Championship » Former BYU standout finishes the second round with an eagle.

Springfield, N.J. • Daniel Summerhays made a move during Friday's second round in the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol with a 3-under 67 to stand 3-under for the event, six shots behind co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.

The former BYU standout finished his round in style with an eagle on the par 5 18th.

"It always leaves a good taste in your mouth to finish with an eagle," Summerhays said. "I feel like my game is suited to major championships; I think driving and putting are my strengths, and they are two really important things to have during a week like this."




Although the day began with rain all throughout Summerhays' warmup session on the range, he didn't have to face any rain on the course by the time he teed off in the mid-morning.

"I hit a few nice iron shots and made some putts and did everything well," Summerhays said. "I was overall pleased with how I played."

Summerhays' brother and coach Boyd Summerhays was also pleased with what he saw on Friday, and he sees Daniel's continued success in majors as a sign of his consistency.

"I think he's just doing what he did at Oakmont [U.S. Open]," Boyd said. "This sport is a combination of technique and confidence and he has both right now. I think this performance is saying his game is well rounded because you've got to have a whole package of skills in majors."

As we enter the weekend, Summerhays believes he'll draw from his tie for eighth in last month's U.S. Open for these next two rounds.

"The U.S. Open was a really good experience, I learned from the situation there," Summerhays said. "There were so many people. The crowds are going to be as big as they come [this weekend]. The New Jerseyans might be a little more vocal."

Of the five Utahns in the tournament, Summerhays was the only one to make the cut.

Fellow PGA Tour pros Tony Finau and Zac Blair both missed the cut. Finau finished at 7-over for the event after a 70 and Blair ended up 4-over after a 71.

"It's a learning experience, I've got to keep on learning if I want to get better," Finau said. "I just didn't get the tournament started on the right foot. Overall I still feel like I'm comfortable in this atmosphere."

Summerhays' cousin Joe also missed the cut after posting a 9-over for the two rounds.

Nonetheless he was in awe of the size of this event.

"I think the reality is better and bigger than I thought," Joe Summerhays said. "When you look at all the people and what it takes to put on something like this it's pretty impressive. So I'm just in awe of the whole production and how big it is. It's exceeded my expectations for sure."

Joe Summerhays' two sons caddied for him, Jeff on Thursday and Caleb on Friday during the rain.

"It will be something I won't ever forget," Summerhays said.

The Summerhays families spent Friday night at Daniel's rented home as they enjoyed what was expected to be some of Daniel's "famous" guacamole and chicken, according to Boyd.

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