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Archives: April 2008

April
30th

Ryan Moore at Wachovia, preview

This week: PGA Tour’s Wachovia Championship, Thursday through Sunday, Quail Hollow Country Club, Charlotte, N.C.
World ranking: 72nd.
2008 earnings: $905,696 (36th on the PGA Tour).
Last tournament: A breakthrough? After losing to Australian Adam Scott
on the third playoff hole at last week’s Byron Nelson Championship,
Moore sure thinks so. The Puyallup resident notched his fourth
runner-up finish, but this was the closest he’s come to his first
professional win – tying Scott at 7-under 273 for first place.
“Obviously, some injuries and what

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April
30th

Michael Putnam at Wachovia, preview

This week: PGA Tour’s Wachovia Championship, Thursday through Sunday, Quail Hollow Country Club, Charlotte, N.C.
World ranking: 465th.
2008 earnings: $43,478 (32nd on the Nationwide Tour).
Last tournament: Putnam spent much of last week near the Henrico Open
leaderboard before settling on a tied-for-17th finish (9-under 279),
his sixth made cut in eight Nationwide appearances this season. This
week, after earning one of the four Monday qualifying spots (4-under
68), he tees it up on the PGA Tour for the first time since missing the
cut at last year’s Children’s Miracle Network

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April
29th

A Monday qualifier to remember

Turns out, Tacoma’s Michael Putnam will play in a PGA Tour event this season.

The Life Christian Academy graduate had one of those head-turning,
gut-twisting afternoons at the Monday qualifying tournament (which
finished up Tuesday) for this week’s Wachovia Championship in
Charlotte, N.C.

Putnam endured a rough start, a five-hour rain delay, and almost
walked off the course at Firethorne Country Club, and jumped back in
the car to drive to the Nationwide Tour tournament in Valdosta, Ga.

Then something odd happened – he started making birdies. In

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April
28th

Up-and-down savers: Moore’s new caddie, fitness, Still plays in Legends and other tidbits

1, NEW BAG MAN
Puyallup’s Ryan Moore got plenty of television air-time this weekend at
the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, as did his new caddie, Matt Hauser.

Hauser, 35, is no stranger to the PGA Tour. He worked with veteran
J.J. Henry for nine years, including the 2006 season when Henry won his
first tournament title, and was on the U.S. Ryder Cup squad.

Perhaps Hauser is best known in Brett Quigley’s flare-up at the 2007
Buick Open. Quigley led after the first round, but shot a 3-over-par

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April
27th

Ryan Moore at Byron Nelson, 4th Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s EDS Byron Nelson Championship, TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, Texas.
Final-round score: 2-under-par 68.
Position: Moore and Australian Adam Scott both finished first at
7-under 273. Scott won the title by making a 50-foot birdie putt on the
third sudden-death playoff hole, and Moore missed his 15-footer.
Recap: One of the lasting images of Moore’s tournament came at the end
of regulation. Finished with a one-stroke lead, the Cascade Christian
graduate sat anxiously huddled in the scoring tent while Scott,

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April
27th

Michael Putnam at Henrico, 4th Rd.

This week: Nationwide Tour’s Henrico County Open, The Dominion Club, Richmond, Va.
Final-round score: 2-under-par 70.
Position: Putnam (9-under 279) finished tied for 17th, five strokes
behind winner Greg Chalmers (14-under 274), who defeated Henrik
Bjornstad in a playoff.
Recap: Putnam put together his best round of the tournament, from tee
(hit 12 of 14 fairways) to green (14 of 18 greens in regulation), and
made very little on the greens (32 putts). He finished up strong with
birdies on the 15th and 18th holes, and was tops in the field in

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April
26th

Ryan Moore at Byron Nelson, 3rd Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s EDS Byron Nelson Championship, Thursday
through Sunday, TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, Texas.
Third-round score: 2-under-par 68.
Position: Moore (5-under 205) is tied with Bart Bryant, Charley Hoffman
and Kevin Sutherland for second place, three strokes behind leader Adam
Scott (8-under 202).
Recap: The Puyallup golfer is right where he wants to be contending for
his first PGA Tour victory. A slow start (bogey at No. 2) was suddenly
reversed with an eagle-3 on the par-5 seventh, and then

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