FARMINGTON (ABC4 Sports) - Clay Ogden lives very close to the Oakridge Country Club. He's about a 9 iron away from the course. This week he used his "home course" knowledge to power his way to the 2011 Utah Open title. Its his 2nd win in this event in the last 5 years.
Ogden started the day one shot behind 2nd round leader Zenon Brown from Colorado. But several golfers made moves in Sunday's final round. Defending champ Nick Mason had 2 eagles and was 6 under through his first 6 holes to grab the lead. Ryan Ellis recovered from a bogey on the first hole to tie for the lead. Ogden was tied for or had the lead outright at several times. But then Brown got hot. He birdied 5 holes in a 6 hole stretch, including 4 in a row, to grab a 2 shot lead.
But Brown had back to back bogeys on 13 and 14 to fall back, while Ogden played steady. He was 4 under par on his front 9, and then came up wtih birdies on 16 and 17 to take a one shot lead. He parred the final hole to shoot a bogey-free 66, and he wrapped up the victory at 17 under, his 2nd Utah Open title. He also won here in 2007.
Brown and James Drew tied for 2nd at 16 under par, while Utahns Dustin Pimm and Ryan Ellis tied for 4th at 15 under par.