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Archives: May 2013

May
31st

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at The Memorial, 2nd Rd. (susp.)

This week: The Memorial Tournament, Thursday through Sunday, Muirfield Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio.

Moore’s second-round score: Even-par 72.

Stanley’s second-round score: 1-under through 13 holes.

Position: Stanley (6-under) is tied for second, and Stanley (2-under 142) is tied for 16th – all trailing leader Bill Haas (9-under 135).

Recap: Thunderstorms rolled in during afternoon play, which pushed that late wave of golfers, including Stanley, into finishing today. And when the Bellarmine Prep product returns, he will be facing a 3-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to take over solo second place. He birdied the last two par-5 holes in

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May
30th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at The Memorial, 1st Rd.

This week: The Memorial Tournament, Thursday through Sunday, Muirfield Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio.

Stanley’s first-round score: 5-under-par 67.

Moore’s first-round score: 2-under 70.

Position: Stanley is tied for third, and Moore is tied for 14th – all trailing leader Charl Schwartzel (65).

Recap: Stanley apparently found a groove Thursday, making a season-high eight birdies in his round – five coming on his final nine holes. In fact, he was even-par at the turn before exploding for a final-nine 31. It started on the first hole where he chipped in from the deep rough behind the green. He also birdied both

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May
30th

List of state golfers participating in U.S. Open sectional qualifying Monday

Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia, Cle Elum
1, Derek Barron, Puyallup
2, John Cassidy, Yelm
3, John Eisentrout, Olympia
4, Cheng Tsung-Pan, Sammamish
5, Carl Jonson, Bainbridge Island
6, Kevin Tucker, Kennewick
7, Tyler Wong, Bellingham
8, Jack Kelly, North Bend

Brookside and The Lakes CC, Ohio
1, Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor
2, Richard Lee, Bellevue

Woodmont CC, Maryland
1, Michael Putnam, University Place

Big Canyon, Newport Beach CC, California
1, Gerrit Chambers, Brush Prairie
2, Chris Killmer, Bellingham

Colonial Country Club, Tennessee
1, Andres Gonzales,

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May
29th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at The Memorial, preview

This week: The Memorial Tournament, Thursday through Sunday, Muirfield Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio.

World rankings: Moore is 50th, Stanley is 90th.

2013 earnings: Stanley has $891,940 (52nd on the PGA Tour), and Moore has $751,983 (66th on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament: Bad first-round scores led to missed cuts for Moore (7-over-par 147) and Stanley (4-over 144) at last week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. In fact, Moore has opened with 76 or worse in four of his past seven tournaments – all missed cuts. But he has made six of seven cuts at Memorial, one of his favorite PGA

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May
26th

Putnam wins Mexico Championship, clinches PGA Tour card for 2014

Very rarely does a pro-am day jolt a professional golfer, but University Place’s Michael Putnam felt so giddy the night before the start of the Web.com Tour’s Mexico Championship, he phoned his family to tell them this could be the week to win.

And he was right on.

Putnam closed with a 6-under-par 66 at El Bosque Country Club to chase down fellow Northwest product Alex Prugh, of Spokane, to win his second career Web.com Tour tournament. He captured the 2010 Utah Championship.

His 13-under 275 tournament total was two strokes better than Prugh, Whee Kim and Wes Roach at

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May
24th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at Colonial, 2nd Rd.

This week: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Thursday through Sunday, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas.

Stanley’s second-round score: Even-par 70.

Moore’s second-round score: 1-under through 14 holes.

Position: Stanley (4-over 144) is tied for 112th, and Moore (7-over) is tied for 125th. Neither is going to make the cut at 1-under 139. Matt Kuchar is the leader (10-under through 15 holes).

Recap: An early bogey for Stanley was offset by an eagle at the par-5 first hole where he hit a 5-iron approach from 205 yards just left of the pin, and sank a 15-foot putt. It was his

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May
23rd

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at Colonial, 1st Rd.

This week: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Thursday through Sunday, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas.

Stanley’s first-round score: 4-over-par 74.

Moore’s first-round score: 8-over 78.

Position: Stanley is tied for 118th, and Moore is in solo 134th – all trailing leader Ryan Palmer (62).

Recap: Eighty-eight of the 135 golfers shot a round par or better Thursday. The Pierce County locals were not among them. Stanley got caught in the left tree line, and made bogey at the 11th hole, a par 5. And two holes later, his tee shot at the par 3 plugged in a back bunker,

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May
22nd

Now settled, calm-nerved Griffin captures 87th Washington Open Invitational title

Chris Griffin’s life has calmed down considerably.

He married longtime girlfriend, Sara, last October. The couple bought its first house in Sumner this spring. They honeymooned at the Masters. And also last month, the golf professional returned to familiar grounds to teach – Tacoma Country and Golf Club.

Life is good. And it got better in a hurry at the 87th Washington Open Invitational at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent on Wednesday afternoon.

After reeling in overnight leader Matt Cowell, of Bellingham, with a few front-nine birdies, Griffin closed the deal on his first Pacific Northwest Section PGA major

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