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Michael Putnam, Kyle Stanley, Andres Gonzales at Byron Nelson, preview

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 25, 2011 at 8:47 am with No Comments »
May 25, 2011 8:47 am

This week: PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas.

World rankings: Stanley is 336th, Putnam 343rd and Gonzales 1,001st.

2011 earnings: Stanley has $349,853 (110th on the PGA Tour), Putnam has $147,167 (164th on the PGA Tour) and Gonzales has $15,805 (225th on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament(s): After a late-April mini-slump, Stanley has picked it up by making cuts in his past two appearances, including a tied-for-52nd at the Colonial (even-par 280) last weekend. Now he needs to start making a move on the weekends – his last finish in the top 20 was two months ago at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (tied for 12th). … Does the Washington Open Invitational count on the schedule? The $10,000 runner-up check Putnam made in the primarily club-professional event in Bellevue last week is about what he’s been making for cuts made on the PGA Tour (five paychecks have been less than $20,000). The Life Christian graduate is in one of those lonely new-putter-a-week shuffles, but has picked up his ball-striking under new instructor Patrick Kelley. … Gonzales picked up third-place $7,500 at the Washington Open, which would qualify as his one of his biggest paydays of 2011. Not only hasn’t the Capital High product played since early May at the Zurich Classic (missed cut at 8-over 152), but he has not made a cut since the Puerto Rico Open in mid-March (tied for 59th at 1-under 287).

Tee times Thursday: Stanley at 7 a.m. PDT off the 10th tee; Putnam at 7:09 a.m. PDT off the first tee; and Gonzales at 11:35 a.m. PDT off the first tee.

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