This week: Nationwide Tour’s Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic, The Georgian Bay Club, Ontario, Canada.
Fourth-round score: 1-over-par 72.
Position: Putnam (12-under 273) tied for 14th, four
strokes behind Justin Hicks and Casey Wittenberg (269). Hicks won the
title in a sudden-death playoff.
Recap: It’s become a head-scratching trend – big
numbers. In the last 20 holes, the Tacoma native had a triple bogey (on
No. 16 Saturday), and a pair of double bogeys Sunday (Nos. 7 and 10).
In his past eight rounds, including at last week’s Knoxville Open, he’s
had at least a double bogey in six of his eight rounds. Making it more
frustrating is that the All-American from Pepperdine torched the two
Canadian courses for a tournament-best 25 birdies (and was also No. 1
in putts per green hit in regulation at 1.672). His finish Sunday is
his fourth top-20 finish, and best since a tied-for-seventh at the
Athens Classic in April.
Next: The Nationwide Tour is off for Fourth of July
weekend, and will return for the Nationwide Tour Players Cup starting
July 10 at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, WVa.