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Ryan Moore, Michael Putnam, Kyle Stanley, Andres Gonzales at Travelers, 4th Rd.

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on June 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm with No Comments »
June 26, 2011 7:10 pm

This week: PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

Moore’s fourth-round score: 7-under-par 63.

Putnam’s fourth-round score: 3-over 73.

Position: Moore (19-under 261) finished tied for second with John Rollins, and Putnam (3-under 277) tied for 67th – all behind winner Fredrik Jacobson (260). Stanley and Gonzales missed the cut early Saturday.

Recap: What a charge Moore put forth Sunday, only to fall short and record his sixth runner-up finish at a PGA Tour stop – and second one at this tournament (he was second in 2006 when it was the Buick Championship). The Cascade Christian graduate was tied with Jacobson at 20-under until the finishing hole when he missed a 4-foot putt for par. What was a bit unlucky – and for a second consecutive week – was on the 17th hole when he had to hit his approach with mud on his ball. As it held its line right toward the pin, the ball veered left to the front of the green, and Moore had to get up and down just to stay in the lead. His iron play was superb – the longest putt he made for any of his eight birdies was 10 feet, 10 inches. He made $528,000 for his runner-up finish. … As for Putnam, he went out early with defending champion Bubba Watson. He made double bogeys at the fourth (putt went off green) and 17th holes (approach landed in water).

Moore quotable: “I was obviously pretty happy with my round. Any time you shoot 63 in the final round, (there is) not a whole lot to complain about.

“You know, that 18th hole is going to sting a little bit, you know. Just put it in a bad place off the tee and maybe a little too aggressive with my second shot. Honestly, I hit a pretty darn good bunker shot, (and) almost made it.

“I really hit my first bad putt of the day. It was just a pretty simple left center putt and I pushed it right in the middle of the hole and it just topped out that left side.”

Next for Moore and Putnam: Moore is in the field at the AT&T National starting Thursday at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, Pa., and Putnam is high on the alternate list.

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