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BLAIR WINS 2ND-STRAIGHT GOLF TOURNEY

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Jimmy Blair brought his mixed bag of tricks to Tri-City Golf Course over the weekend and once again came away with a victory.

Blair won the Deseret Bank Open Sunday, his sixth victory at Tri-City since the first tournament 16 years ago (until 1986, it was called the Sizzler Open). He fired a 1-under-par 71, which, coupled with his opening 66, gave him a 137 total and a three-stroke victory over Bruce Summerhays.For Blair, who turns 35 on Wednesday, it was his second victory in two weeks. Last week he won a $1,500 check - the same amount he picked up Sunday - for winning the Spanish Oaks Open.

Blair, the owner and head pro at Mulligans Golf Course in Ogden, has a few clues about why he is playing so well right now.

"I've been teaching more, and that's gotten me back to fundamentals more," he said. "Also, I've changed my putting style, changed my driver and changed (brand of) golf balls."

Blair is now using a Yonex driver that gives him an extra 15 yards off the tee. It fits right in with the rest of his bag of clubs, which includes a Ping 3-wood, a Baffler 5-wood and irons with titanium shafts and square grooves.

"Nobody in the world has as many different clubs as I do," he said with a laugh.

Perhaps the biggest reason for Blair's success this weekend is the Tri-City course. He won here as an amateur in 1976 and 1977 and as a professional in '84, '85 and '87.

"This is a shotmaker's golf course, and day in and day out I hit pretty good shots," he said. "I play here a lot, and I like to play it."

Blair started out with a three-shot lead over Mike Malaska and maintained the margin with an even-par front nine. A 35-foot birdie putt at No. 13 put him in command and another birdie at No. 16 wrapped it up.

He had such a large lead he was able to hit a duck-hook drive on 18 up against the fence, take a penalty drop and eventually make a double-bogey and still win going away.

After Summerhays at 140 came Milan Swilor and Steve Schneiter at 142 and Malaska at 143.

The low amateur was Ramon Brobio, who shot his second straight 71. Dick Peacock was the low senior with a 151 total.