It’s been more than two years since Tacoma’s Michael Putnam has played in a PGA Tour event.
That ends Thursday.
Putnam, the former All-American from Pepperdine, and Life Christian Academy graduate, finished third at a Monday qualifier for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South and North Courses in San Diego.
He tees off Thursday on the more-difficult South Course at 9:20 a.m. PST with Matt Jones and Roger Tambellini.
On Monday, Putnam shot a 5-under-par 67 in the qualifier to get in – aided by a 155-yard hole-out for eagle on the par-4 17th hole.
In 2007, when Putnam was a PGA Tour regular, he had one of his best showings at this event – formerly known as the Buick Invitational. He tied for 16th, and played in the final round with fellow Pierce County product Ryan Moore, of Puyallup.
Putnam’s last PGA Tour event was a tied-for-45th at the Ginn sur Mer Classic at Tesoro in late October of 2007.
With conditional status on the Nationwide Tour, Putnam has been playing the Gateway Tour’s “Winter Series” in the greater Phoenix area in January.