The 2018 Utah Open presented by Prodigy Disc presented something that was missing last year, World Champion, Paul McBeth. Yesterday we started the lead card with
Paul and Ricky sitting one and two. After some very windy play, Paul McBeth dropped off to the chase card for the final round. Chase is what Paul did all day. Paul started the day 6 for six pushing up into a tie with Ricky for a few holes. On hole seven Paul nearly aced, which placed him behind a tree giving him a tricky putt for birdie. He was unable to convert and missed his first birdie of the day. Paul would only take six pars on the day, two of which after going OB. The most exciting shot of the day was when Paul landed his birdie from seventy-five feet on hole eleven. It was around this point where people following the card said the only way someone would be able to take the box would be if someone else on the card hit an ace. Sias Elmore was up to the task and aced hole 13. Jomez Productions filmed the card so be expecting to see ace footage soon!
Down the stretch, it was clear the lead card was not going to give up without a fight. Eagle McMahon started the day one throw ahead of Paul McBeth, and that is where he would finish. Eagle also played bogey-free golf today, only missing two circle two putts. He started the day with an OB on hole one but kept it together nailing three circle two putts in a row for birdies after that. His consistent play allowed him to capitalize on Paul McBeth’s OB on hole 18 when Eagle birdied seventeen and eighteen back-to-back.
The story of the day though was Ricky Wysocki, who started the day with the lead and did not look back. Ricky only missed four birdies today, throwing a course-record -14. Ricky missed three of his four circle two putts, meaning he could have been -17 had he capitalized on those. Ricky’s throw of the day came on hole sixteen when he landed a throw-in birdie from 74 feet.
The MPO division was filled with exciting shots today including an ace from Jeremy Koling on hole three and a pair of throw-in twos from Aaron Gossage on hole seven from 126ft and Kesler Martin from 190ft.
The Utah Open did not disappoint again this year. The next stop on the Disc Golf Pro Tour will be in twelve days at Discraft’s Great Lakes Open. Make sure you are ready to tune in each day at 2 PM ET for the FPO division and 3 PM ET for the MPO division.
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