Back that start-up date for University Place’s Michael Putnam in his return to the PGA Tour.
Putnam, who broke the small lunate bone in his left wrist while working on the driving range last summer, has been cleared by doctors to resume golf-related activities.
He originally targeted his 2012 debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – set to start Feb. 9 on the Monterey Peninsula – but after a few recent sessions of physical therapy, his wrist is nowhere near ready from a strength and flexibility standpoint.
Putnam’s new target date is mid-April at the Valero Texas Open (April 19-22), the golfer said Monday.
He also said he will enter three Nationwide Tour events as a tune-up – the Chitimacha Louisiana Open (March 22-25), the Soboba Golf Classic (Aprol 5-8) and the TPC Stonebrae Championship (April 12-15).
Playing on a major medical exemption, Putnam will have to make an approximate total of $250,00 in four tournaments to resume his full-time privileges.
To earn partial status (top 125 to 150 on money list), he would have to earn an approximate total of $13,000 in four events.
Despite missing the final two months of last season, Putnam finished 153rd on the money list at $398,400.