SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Former UC Santa Barbara golfer Zach Smith won the Scottsdale Open at Talking Stick Resort on Thursday, closing with an 8-under 62 for a three-stroke victory, beating out some PGA Tour players in the process.
Smith finished the three-round tournament at 18-under 192, earning $20,000 from the $130,000 purse.
"It's exciting. It's my first professional win and it's awesome to have it come against such a competitive field of players," Smith told the Associated Press. "I wasn't sure how the week was going to unfold, but after my opening 63 I felt pretty confident and thought I could put myself in position to win."
Smith last played at UCSB in 2019, making history by finishing second at the Pullman Regional and becoming the second Gaucho to qualify for the NCAA Championship as an individual.
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