NAPA, Calif. – As Zac Blair strode into the media center Saturday at the Frys.com Open, he easily could have been mistaken for a fan seeking an autograph.
The fresh-faced 24-year-old stands only five-foot-five, but what he lacks in size he has more than made up for in his performance this week at Silverado Resort & Spa. Making just his second appearance in a PGA Tour event, Blair carded a 3-under 69 to move into second place, four shots behind leader Sang-Moon Bae.
It’s a new position for Blair, who is making the most of his first start as a fully exempt Tour member.
“I guess we’ll just kind of wait and see how it goes tomorrow, but it’s been a great start so far,” Blair said. “I’d like to go out and play well tomorrow and finish it off.”
The journey to contending on the PGA Tour has been a quick one for Blair, who was playing on the PGA Tour’s LatinoAmerica circuit as recently as May. He qualified for the U.S. Open, where he tied for 40th, before earning his card for this season with a runner-up finish at the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship.
“It’s been a pretty crazy four or five months, but it’s been great,” he said. “That was a great experience, as well, and now it’s great to be out here.”
After playing four years at BYU, Blair graduated this summer and was pleasantly surprised when his former teammates drove to Silverado to cheer him on after a tournament in nearby Berkley, Calif.
“That was really cool to have them there,” he said. “It was nice to see some familiar faces.”