Ken Tanigawa is low-amateur at Arizona Open
Troon Country Club <br>(Troon Country Club Photo)
Troon Country Club
(Troon Country Club Photo)

SCOTSDALE, AZ (August 20, 2016) -- Ken Tanigawa began the final round of the Arizona Open tied for the lead but struggled on Saturday before finishing 2-under and tied for sixth.

Playing at Troon Country Club Tanigawa, one of the top mid-amateurs in Arizona, shot a final round 4-over 74. After bogeying just twice during the first 36-holes Tanigawa couldn't get anything going on Saturday as he bogeyed four holes without a birdie.

Brian Parker of Golf Channel Big Break fame won the tournament over Craig Hocknull with a birdie on the first playoff hole.


One of the top mid-amateur's in Arizona Ken Tanigawa is tied for the lead after the first two rounds of the Arizona Open. Tanigawa has combined rounds of 68-66 to reach 6-under at Troon Country Club.

Professional Brian Cooper of Golf Channel Big Break fame is tied for first with Tanigawa.

The two-time Arizona mid-amateur champion has bogeyed just twice through the first 36-holes of the week. On Thursday Tanigawa saved most of his work for the latter part of the round as he birdied three of the final seven holes, including the 18th. His first birdie of the round came on No. 8.

In the second round the 2015 Arizona Amateur winner reached 8-under with birdies on Nos. 3, 9, 11 and 13. Tanigawa stumbled a bit on the way in with bogeys on 16 and 17 but will still be a part of the last group in the final round.

Nevada junior Grant Booth is the only other amateur in red figures and he sits at 1-under in 10th place.

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Put on by the Southwestern Section PGA. Open to professionals and amateurs. This will be a 54-hole individual stroke play event with the field being cut to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes.

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