Wheatcroft in contention after first round

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SANDY, Utah (AP) — Andres Gonzales shot a 9-under 62 in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship on Thursday.


Gonzales has a three-shot lead over Washington native and Trinity High School graduate Steve Wheatcroft, Utah’s Tony Finau, Skip Kendall and Paul Peterson.


Gonzales opened his round with an eagle at the par-5 first hole, making a 7-foot putt. He had two more birdies on the front nine. His five back-nine birdies included a tap-in at the par-3 15th hole, the result of a tee shot he thought had a chance of going in.


“(The ball) had a good line on it. It landed short but somehow ended up behind (the hole),” Gonzales said. “My wife was there. I asked her if it hit the hole, but she said it didn’t.”


Finau is a local favorite who is playing in his fourth Utah Championship after making his debut as a 16-year-old in 2006.


“I hit some good drives. That was the biggest thing,” he said.


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