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Michael Putnam

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/1/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215

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Michael Putnam puts his focus on the lower circuit, withdrawing from this week's John Deere Classic to play in the Utah Championship on the Tour.
Putnam ranks just 199th in the FedExCup race this year, so he'd need a huge finish just to make a dent in his status claim. Instead, he'll take his talents to Oakridge Country Club for the Utah Championship. He is a past champion at the event, winning in 2010, albeit a different course. We are at the time of the year where a lot of golfers weigh the benefits of playing on the big stage versus the and it appears Putnam likes his chances in Utah. Mon, Jul 10, 2017 10:42:00 AM

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World No. 751 Michael Putnam prepares for his fourth Greenbrier Classic and arrives at 199th in the FedExCup standings.

This is the Pepperdine alum's last start (of six) on a Non-exempt Medical Extension (family). To meet the terms, he has to earn 316.920 FedExCup points (win) or $521,306 (three-way T3). The 34-year-old got a nice bump in OWGR with tied-season-best T35 in his last TOUR start (three weeks ago) at the U.S. Open (73-71-70-75), collecting 3.70 world-ranking points. That's the most OWGR points he's garnered since T11 at the 2015 RBC Canadian Open. The Washington state native and resident has made eight starts this season on the Tour making five cuts with one top 25, a T23 two weeks ago.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 04:49:00 PM

Alternate and World No. 1448 Michael Putnam is in Irving, Texas, for the AT&T Byron Nelson and slots in at 218th in the FedExCup standings. UPDATE: Putnam finished the tournament T40 on 1-under 279 (71-68-69-71).

The Pepperdine alum is making his sixth Nelson appearance, first since a T73/MDF in 2015 (72-66-69), with a best of T32 in 2011. He's playing this season on a Non-exempt Medical Extension (family) and has made just two starts, posting a T35 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms and a missed cut at the AT&T Pro-Am 14 weeks ago. The Washington state native and resident has four starts remaining to earn 405.920 FEC points or $632,460 to fulfill the terms of the medical extension. He has made six starts on the Tour in 2017 cashing four times, all in between 30th- and 40th-place.
Wed, May 17, 2017 07:00:00 PM

Michael Putnam makes his way to Jackson, Mississippi, for his third Sanderson Farms Championship. UPDATE: Putnam posted a T35 on 6-under 282 with progressively worse rounds of 68-69-72-73.

Seven editions of the SFC passed between the 33-year-old's debut in 2007 (MC) and a T15 last year (the tourney was not played in 2014 nor in 2009). He climbed 21 places up the board in the final round (unscheduled Mon. finish) with a closing 5-under 67. Playing the 2015-16 season on conditional status, it was the only payday for the Pepperdine alum in limited starts due to injury (seven). He begins 2016-17 on a Non-exempt Medical Extension and has six events to collect 424.920 FedExCup points or $652,290. Including the Finals, the Washington state native and resident went 4-for-8 last season on the Tour with a best of T53 at the Boise Open in mid-September. He has TWO career top 10s on the main circuit in 127 career starts, both T4s, most recently at the 2014 RBC Canadian Open.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 10:39:00 AM

Michael Putnam opened 2015-16 on conditional status and has posted a T15 at the Sanderson Farms and a missed cut by three strokes at The RSM Classic.

Putnam ranks 10th on the Tour career money list. In 155 events, he banged out 27 top-10 finishes, including three wins, five runners-up and four third-place showings. In 121 professional starts on the PGA TOUR, he has but two top 10s, with zero podiums. The 32-year-old was a lofty 12th on TOUR last season in greens in regulation and 85th in proximity, but ranked outside the top 150 in just about every putting category, including 167th in strokes gained: putting and 158th in 3-putt avoidance. In the end, it totaled 120th in scoring average (71.156) and 139th in birdie average (3.44). The Pepperdine grad attempted to regain full exempt status on his old stomping grounds, but was unsuccessful going 2-for-4 with one top 25 in the Tour Finals.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 07:16:00 PM

Michael Putnam turns his attention toward the Country Club of Jackson ahead of this week's Sanderson Farms Championship.

The University of Washington product will make his course debut this week to kick off his season. Starts will be tougher to come by after finishing outside the top 125 in the FedExCup last year, playing with conditional status only. Perhaps the limited status will provide the motivation needed to return to the levels reached during his successful 2013-14 campaign.
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 09:33:00 PM

Michael Putnam finished inside the top 10 at the 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship and returns this week out of necessity.

Putnam would prefer to be at home this week, but will instead be fighting for full PGA TOUR status after finishing 138th in the FedExCup standings. The Washington Husky carded four straight rounds of 70-or-better in 2013 on his way to a T7 here at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Putnam has shown the talent to contend on the big stage, and should be a strong contender over the next month.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 08:05:00 PM

Michael Putnam tacked on a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open to reach the three-quarter pole at 12-under 204, three shots back of leader David Hearn.

Putnam began the day in a seven-way logjam at 8-under (T9) and six shots adrift. On his round, he circled four birdies and went blemish-free for a second consecutive day. He last squared bogey at No. 8 (his 17th hole) in round one. His stats show seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, and he sits inside the top 5 in both strokes gained: tee-to-green and strokes gained: total thru three rounds. The 32-year-old's four-birdie set included a 18'1" roll at the par-4 14th, with his other three coming from inside seven feet. Putnam finished T4 at last year's RBC at Royal Montreal GC, his best in three prior RBC's. He has no top-10-finishes in 24 starts in 2014-15. His season-best is T15 at the Humana Challenge all the way back in January.
Sat, Jul 25, 2015 08:15:00 PM

Michael Putnam coasted to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 in today's second round of the RBC Canadian Open.

Here he is again sniffing around before a cut. At 8-under 136, Putnam is six strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Today's effort was sublime. He hit 15 greens in regulation and converted five birdies, including tries from 17-and-a-half feet at the par-4 sixth hole and just inside 13 feet at the par-3 15th. However, he authored a contender for shot of the day when he jarred his third from 111 yards for eagle at the par-5 13th.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 01:51:00 PM

Michael Putnam finished inside the top five at last year's RBC Canadian Open and returns for another crack at it this week.

Putnam will be taking on a new course entirely this week as Glen Abbey returns as the host course. Fortunately, the native of Washington is very familiar with northern golf having grown up just hours of the Canadian border. Putnam is 2-for-3 in his career at the RBC and should be considered a nice sleeper in deep formats.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 08:19:00 AM

Michael Putnam opened the 115th edition of the U.S. Open with an even-par 37-33=70.

Putnam lives locally and was given the honor of the first tee ball of the championship. He sectional qualified in Columbus, co-medaling in fact, just to return home for the major. Alas, he bogeyed the opening par 4, and squared another at the par-4 seventh, but came home in bogey-free 2-under with birdies at 12 and 18. Overall, Putnam split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 15 greens and took 35 putts. Incidentally, Chambers Bay measures 7,497 yards today.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 03:24:00 PM

In the deepest U.S. Open sectional qualifier of the day, Michael Putnam carded 12-under-par 68-64=132 to share medalist honors with Sam Saunders (66-66=132) in Columbus, Ohio.

Fifteen berths were at stake at Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes Golf & Country Club today. Putnam lives a bike ride away from Chambers Bay in Washington, so he'll be a hometown favorite at a major that won't have many. David Hearn (68-65) and recent NCAA individual champion Bryson DeChambeau (66-67) shared third place at 11-under 133 today. Daniel Summerhays (67-68) and Sebastian Cappelen (71-64) tied for fifth at 9-under 135. Six golfers placed T7 at 8-under 136: Camilo Villegas (64-72); Bo Van Pelt (65-71); George McNeill (70-66); Ryo Ishikawa (69-67); Brad Fritsch (69-67); Cameron Smith (69-67). A 5-for-3 playoff was needed to round out the qualifiers. Among the set at 7-under 137, Robert Streb (69-68), D.A. Points (70-67) and Danny Lee (67-70) survived. Kevin Chappell (68-69) and Alex Cejka (68-69) were eliminated.
Mon, Jun 8, 2015 09:52:00 PM

Michael Putnam tees it up this week at the Memorial ranked 122nd in the FedExCup standings.

Putnam began 2015 at No. 222 in the Official World Golf Ranking but has dipped to No. 293 on the heels of seven missed cuts in 19 events with just three top 25s. Since his last top 25 (T25, Shell Houston Open), he's had four MCs in five starts and shot 72-66-69 for T73/MDF at last week's Byron Nelson. The 32-year-old, who celebrated his birthday June 1st, is making his second Memorial start, having finished T55 in debut last year.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 01:27:00 PM

Michael Putnam arrives at this week's PLAYERS ranked 133rd in the FedExCup standings.

Putnam missed the cut last year in his TPC Sawgrass debut after posting rounds of 3-over 75 and 1-over 73. He arrives this week on the heels of back-to-back missed cuts. Putnam ranks inside the top 100 in strokes gained:tee-to-green as well as scrambling but his 191st ranked strokes gained:putting will hold him back on these greens unless the flat stick finds a way to get hot.
Wed, May 6, 2015 08:31:00 AM

Michael Putnam toured the Golf Club of Houston in 1-under-par 35-36=71 in today's third round and posted 9-under 207, five strokes off the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

Whenever a touring pro hits 15 greens in regulation on a course yielding a plethora of red numbers, you have to expect better. Putnam created that total of scoring opportunities, and he converted five times for birdie, all from eight feet and in, but he went just 1-for-3 in scrambling with one bogey and a double. He also added a three-jack from outside 72 feet at the par-5 15th for another bogey. As we've chronicled all week, he's money pre-cut, so gamers should not be surprised by today's lack of movement on the leaderboard.
Sat, Apr 4, 2015 05:49:00 PM