Zach Smith wins in Scottsdale, beating some PGA Tour players

Zach Smith hits from the 12th fairway during the final round of the Scottsdale AZ Open golf tournament Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Zach Smith won the Scottsdale Open on Thursday, closing with an 8-under 62 for a three-stroke victory in the mini-tour event that saw some PGA Tour players return to competition.

The PGA Tour suspended play in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is set to return June 11-14 for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

Smith finished the three-round tournament at Talking Stick Resort at 18-under 192. The 24-year-old former UC Santa Barbara player earned $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 said. "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."

Carson Roberts was second, following a second-round 61 with a 68. He’s a regular on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada.

Colt Knost closed with a 66 to tie for third at 13 under, 3 1/2 months after missing the Phoenix Open cut and retiring. Korn Ferry Tour player Brandon Harkins and mini-tour player Brady Calkins also were 13 under.

PGA Tour player Joel Dahmen, the 2017 Scottsdale Open winner, tied for eighth at 11 under after a 71. Last week, Dahmen shot 58 at Mesa Country Club in a group that included Chicago Cubs Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber.

PGA Tour player Kevin Streelman was 10 under after a 67.

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