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Ryan Moore and Michael Putnam at Farmers Insurance Open, 2nd Rd.

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Jan. 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm with 1 Comment »
January 29, 2010 5:37 pm

This week: PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open, Thursday through Sunday, Torrey Pines North and South Courses, San Diego

Moore’s second-round score: 2-over-par 74 on South Course.

Putnam’s second-round score: 4-under 68 on North Course.

Position: Putnam (5-under 139) is tied for 21st, six strokes behind co-leaders Ryuji Imada and D.A. Points (133). Moore (144) missed the cut by two shots.

Recap: Rust from a two-year layoff from PGA Tour action? Not Putnam, who once again started his round with a bogey (on No. 10), and once again, rallied thereafter with five birdies coming home – three on par-5s. His best approach came on the par-5 14th when he launched a hybrid out of a fairway bunker from 235 yards out that landed on the green, and he two-putt from 60 feet for a birdie. He almost holed out on the uphill par-4 seventh from 100 yards out after his tee shot his a cart path and carried forward. “He hit his best drives on the toughest holes,” said Dan Putnam, his father who followed him all afternoon. “He was real patient out there. … Moore was up-and-down all day on the more-difficult South Course, but got to 2-under after a three-birdie-in-four-hole stretch (Nos. 17 18 and 2). However his tee shot on the par-3 eighth and his approach on the par-5 ninth both went over the green, leading to finishing bogeys.

Putnam’s tee time Saturday: 8:35 a.m. PST off South’s No. 1 tee with David Lutterus and Brandt Snedeker.

Next for Moore: Northern Trust Open starting Thursday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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