This week: Nationwide Tour’s Oregon Classic, Thursday through Sunday, Shadow Hills Country Club, Junction City, Ore.
First-round score: 3-under-par 69.
Position: Putnam is tied for 10th, four strokes behind leader Ryan Hietala (65).
Recap: Someone else gets to be the early pace
setter, and for Putnam, that might not be a bad thing. He’s still
getting off to good starts – it was the 12th time in his past 13
tournaments he’s posted a first round of par or better – and Thursday
was no exception. He birdied all the par-5s by getting up and down from
around the green (once out of a bunker), sinking a 7-foot putt on the
18th hole for his 69. “They weren’t all easy birdies,” Putnam said. And
for a tight course – it’s a par-72 at 7,007 yards – the Tacoma native
went at it aggressively. “It’s a really tight course, so you have to
position your tee shots. You can still hit driver on a lot of holes,
and I hit driver more (Thursday) than I did last week,” he said.
Tee time Friday: 1 p.m. PDT off the 10th tee.