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Category: Michael Putnam


Two weeks, two wins – and now Putnam opting for vacation over U.S. Open qualifying

Hot streaks like this come around every so often, and University Place’s Michael Putnam is enjoying it while it lasts on the Tour.

Last week, Putnam won the Mexico Championship to earn his first professional golf tournament victory since 2010.

And on Sunday, the Life Christian Academy graduate made a bit of local history by becoming the first Pierce County golfer to win back-to-back tour events when he captured the Mid-Atlantic Championship title in Potomac, Md.

Two weeks, two wins. And with the U.S. Open just 10 days away, it seems Putnam easily could have rolled through 36 holes

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Co-leader Putnam in position to win back-to-back titles on the Tour

University Place’s Michael Putnam shot an even-par 70 – matched by Chad Collins. Both took advantage of a precipitous fall by second-round leader Hudson Swafford to grab a share the lead of the Mid-Atlantic Championship.

Swafford held a three-stroke lead entering the third round, but stumbled to a 7-over 77 to drop well off the pace.

Collins and Putnam finished 54 holes at TPC Potomac at Avenal Farm at 5-under 205.

“Today was supposed to be moving day, but I think the course played harder than the first two days,” Collins said. “The course played long because some tees were

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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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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 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 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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Putnam’s 68 has him in the hunt at the’s Stadion Classic in Georgia

University Place’s Michael Putnam is becoming “Mr. Consistency” on the Tour.

Always seemingly on the first page of the weekly leaderboard, his position at the midway point of the Stadion Classic at UGA is even better – tied for the lead with two rounds to go.

Putnam fired a 3-under-par 68 at the University of Georgia’s home course, and is a co-leader with Russell Knox at 7-under 135.

“I’ve been playing really consistent golf, so hopefully I can keep doing that the next two days and take home a trophy,” Putnam told reporters on site. “Last week I finished

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Playing the best professional golf in the South Sound? Arguably Putnam

University Place’s Michael Putnam has been playing some of the best golf of his professional career. And of the non-winners on the Tour, he has arguably had the best start to 2013.

Look at some of these numbers put up by the Life Christian Academy graduate:

* Money: $96,088, ranking No. 10 on tour (and No. 2 among non-winners behind close friend Jim Renner).

* Scoring average: 69.50 strokes, ranking No. 4 on tour (and on pace for career-best average).

* Greens hit in regulation: 77.22 percent, ranking No. 7 on tour.

* Driving distance: 302.2 yards per drive,

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Kyle Stanley, Troy Kelly, Michael Putnam at Shell Houston Open, 1st Rd.

This week: Shell Houston Open, Thursday through Sunday, Redstone Golf Club, Humble, Texas.

Stanley’s first-round score: Even-par 72.

Kelly’s first-round score: 1-over 73.

Putnam’s first-round score: 3-over 75.

Position: Stanley is tied for 64th, Kelly is tied for 88th and Putnam is tied for 121st – all trailing leader D.A. Points (64).

Recap: Much like the course it is favorably compared to – Augusta National Golf Club, site of the Masters – Redstone is a course fair enough to score on, but difficult enough to expose shoddy play. Stanley bogeyed his first hole after he air-mailed his approach shot over

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Kyle Stanley, Troy Kelly, Michael Putnam at Shell Houston Open, preview

This week: Shell Houston Open, Thursday through Sunday, Redstone Golf Club, Humble, Texas.

World rankings: Stanley is 95th, Kelly is 324th, and Putnam is 336th.

2013 earnings: Stanley has $162,456 (124th on the PGA Tour), Kelly has $32,350 (176th on the PGA Tour) and Putnam has not played in a PGA Tour event this season (although he has made $31,355 in four Tour starts).

Last tournament: Not a lot to gloat about on this current “Florida Swing” from the locals. Stanley had arguably his worst showing of the season by missing the cut at last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational

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