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Part-time caddy Jhared Hack of Las Vegas wins 78th Arizona Open Championship

Arizona Republic logo Arizona Republic 8/5/2021 Kamryn Walker, Arizona Republic
a person standing in front of a sign: Jhared Hack stands with his check and trophy after the final round of the 78th Arizona Open Championship on Aug. 4, 2021. © Kamryn Walker Jhared Hack stands with his check and trophy after the final round of the 78th Arizona Open Championship on Aug. 4, 2021.

Jhared Hack left Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club on Wednesday with 23,000 extra bucks to his credit, if not in his pocket — that was not physically possible considering the sign of the big check he received for winning the 78th Arizona Open Championship. 

Hack, of Las Vegas, steadily improved over the three days of the tournament. He shot just 2-under 68 in round one on Monday, improved to 6-under on Tuesday and went one stroke lower in the final round, recording five birdies and shooting 5-under on the back nine to finish 15-under claiming the state title. 

a person that is standing in the grass: Jhared Hack, 1st place finisher of the 78th Arizona Open Championship on Aug. 4, 2021 © Courtesy of Bruce Yeung/Southwest PGA Jhared Hack, 1st place finisher of the 78th Arizona Open Championship on Aug. 4, 2021

He also claimed the longest bogey-free streak, not going above par on any hole after the 11th in round one.  All of which led to a 3-shot win over Patrick Stolpe of Scottsdale and Inigo Izuzquiza of Coronado, California.

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Hack said that focusing solely on his game and each shot would get him to the place he wanted.

"If I knew that I was playing well enough and took care of what I'm supposed to do, then I’d be right there at the end," Hack said. "And it just so happens that I was right there.”

Rewinding a few years to 2018, Hack was in one of the lowest points of his golf career. He had just lost his Korn Ferry Tour status, so he started working at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas as a caddie.

This allowed him to keep preparing physically, but also regroup mentally. 

"I didn't have to panic about paying bills," Hack said. "I was caddying and making enough to pay my bills but I’d say if there was a turning point it was that to allow me to take my time and get back to playing good golf again."

Hack is still employed at Shadow Creek as a caddie, and last week he shot a course-record 57 at Las Vegas Golf Club.

Hack has a busy four weeks ahead, as he is scheduled to compete in the Platte Valley Pro-Am in Nebraska, the Utah Open, the Rocky Mountain Open and the Sand Hollow Open in Utah. 

Hack hopes to be on the Korn Ferry Tour again next season, but if not he will return to metro Phoenix to defend the Arizona state title. 

a man holding a baseball bat on a field: Inigo Izuzquiza, the low amateur of the 78th Arizona Open Championship. © Courtesy of Mike Schoaf/Southwest PGA Inigo Izuzquiza, the low amateur of the 78th Arizona Open Championship.

Even after setting a Prospector Course record of 8-under 62 on Monday, Izuzquiza had to settle for finishing three strokes shy of a big check — and being low amateur in the tournament.  

As a member of the Coronado High School class of 2022, the age gap between Izuzquiza and other players does not shake his confidence.

"I actually wasn't that nervous all week," he said. "I knew my game was really solid even if I hit bad shots, they’re not as bad. I knew if I could just contend and keep on making pars and birdies I could maybe get the win.”

Izuzquiza said he has had a busy summer, so he's taking a break  until Sept. 9 in Allyn, Washington to compete a qualifying tournament for the AJGA Transamerica Junior Open at LakeLand Village Golf and Country Club.

Following Izuzquiza and Stolpe on the final leaderboard were Luke Kristo of Phoenix in fourth place (11-under 199),  and Matthew Liringis of Mesa, Jeremy Paul of Scottsdale and Michael Herrera of Morena Valley, California in a three-way tie for fifth at 9-under 201.  

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Part-time caddy Jhared Hack of Las Vegas wins 78th Arizona Open Championship

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