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Michael Putnam at Farmers Insurance Open, 3rd Rd.

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm with No Comments »
January 30, 2010 3:48 pm

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

Third-round score: 1-under-par 71.

Position: Putnam (6-under 210) is tied for 17th, seven strokes behind leader Ryuji Imada (203).

Recap: From a ball-striking standpoint, the Tacoma product had his best showing in three rounds. Putnam just had two bad holes – making a double bogey on the uphill and dangerous par-4 12th and then the par-5 13th. On the 12th, his 5-iron approach plugged in the back face of a greenside bunker. On the next hole, his third shot also got into a bunker, and he missed 7-footer for par. Putnam rallied, producing his best swing of the tournament on the 235-yard, par-3 16th. Into the wind, his 3-iron shot stopped 18 inches from the cup. He made birdie, and did again on the next hole. “He’s kicking himself for one bad iron (on No. 12) … but a top-10 (finish) and getting into next week’s (Northern Trust Open), that is his mindset,” said Dan Putnam, his father who followed him during his round.

Tee time Sunday: 9:20 a.m. PST with J.B. Holmes and Nick Watney.

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