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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. May 6 - 8:31 AM

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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.
Apr 4 - 5:49 PM

Michael Putnam took a page from his opening round of the Shell Houston Open and submitted another 4-under-par 68 in today's second round.

This time, Putnam started on the first hole and penciled in respective nines of 35 and 33. He went 6-for-14 in scoring opportunities for six birdies. His longest measured 16'4" at the par-4 12th hole. At 8-under 136, the 31-year-old sits just two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. This is Putnam's 104th PGA TOUR start as a professional, but he has only two top 10s. Both are T4s.
Apr 3 - 5:53 PM

Michael Putnam posted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in his opening round of the Shell Houston Open.

Putnam is having yet another baseline season. He's 9-for-12 with only two top 25s and sits 106th in the FedExCup standings. He's also 12th in first-round scoring average, so today's aggregate is in line with that expectation as well. He traded six birdies with two bogeys. Two of his par breakers ran 11-17 feet. This matches his lowest score in 15 competitive loops of the Golf Club of Houston. He signed his card sitting two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Apr 2 - 1:52 PM

Michael Putnam reached the midpoint of the Valspar Championship in 3-under-par 70-69=139 and sits just three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

This is Putnam's eighth payday in 11 starts this season, but he's yet to find a top 10. He's been rather efficient at Copperhead, missing only six (of 26) fairways and nine greens in regulation. The precision has yielded seven birdies, including a roll from 14-and-a-half feet at the par-4 12th today. His longest of the week thus far disappeared from 28'3" at the par-5 14th on Thursday.
Mar 13 - 1:18 PM

Michael Putnam spun a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to end his week at 13-under 274.

Barring some hot play over the next few hours, Putnam looks like he will safely claim his second top-25 finish of the season. The irons were the key to his week, as his 60 GIR were second in the tournament at the time of his posting. His final round included six birdies and three bogeys, with the longest circle occurring from 12'4" on the par-3 17th hole.
Feb 15 - 4:23 PM

Michael Putnam turned in a 7-under-par 29-35=64 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course for his second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

While he missed only one green in regulation, Putnam didn't walk off without a square on his card, that a 4 at the par-3 14th hole. But he picked off eight birdies elsewhere and posted 10-under 133, two swings off the pace of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders. He'll wrap up his rotation at Spyglass Hill on Saturday.
Feb 13 - 4:55 PM

Michael Putnam carded an even-par 35-37=72 during his Humana Challenge finale, closing out at 18-under 271.

The overnight co-leader couldn't build any momentum today and got lapped by the field as the course conditions were ripe for scoring. He walked off the 18th green with -1.046 strokes gained:tee-to-green and lost another 1.773 strokes on the green. Putnam can use this experience as fuel for the next time he find himself in the lead after 54 holes. This top 15 is his low finish of the season, besting his T26 which came at the CIMB Classic.
Jan 25 - 7:41 PM

Michael Putnam bends but doesn't break with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 at La Quinta Country Club to grab a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead at 17-under 199.

Putnam found just 12 greens in regulation on the day but minimized the damage to just one bogey. Three of his last four Humana rounds have now been signed for 67 or better. Given the logjam at the top, Putnam will need another sub-68 if he wants to contend for his first PGA TOUR title.
Jan 24 - 6:55 PM

Overnight leader Michael Putnam padded his opening 63 at the Humana Challenge with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his second round at PGA West's Palmer Private, but he forfeited the top spot on the leaderboard to Matt Kuchar.

Sometimes the other guy is just a little quicker in a shootout. Putnam went 5-for-15 in birdie tries today. That set included birdies on all four par 5s, and all of his conversions were inside nine feet. At 14-under 130, he's one back of Kuchar. Putnam will play the third round at La Quinta Country Club.
Jan 23 - 5:06 PM

Michael Putnam blistered Nicklaus Private at PGA West for 10 birdies en route to a 9-under-par 34-29=63 in his opening round of the Humana Challenge, finishing with outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

Putnam had our attention at this time last week when he opened the Sony Open in Hawaii with a 66. He failed to break par in the last three rounds and placed T60. Today's red number is his sixth in as many starts this season, but he's yet to snipe a top 25. Putnam hit 13 greens in regulation today, so he maximized on his opportunities. His set of birdies featured six in a row beginning at the par-4 12th hole. The 63 matches his career low on the PGA TOUR. He'll try to clear the hurdle of La Quinta Country Club in Friday's second round.
Jan 22 - 5:43 PM

Michael Putnam submitted a 4-under-par 32-34=66 for his opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, coming to rest four strokes off the clubhouse lead.

This is the fifth time in as many starts this season that Putnam has opened with a red number. However, he cashed just twice in the first four and didn't parlayed the strong starts into a top 25 in the other two. Today's walk around Waialae included six birdies, including a six-yarder from just off the putting surface at No. 3. He also got conventional looks to fall in from 22'9" and 17 feet at Nos. 6 and 8, respectively. Putnam went 4-for-6 in scrambling with two bogeys, both on par 4s.
Jan 15 - 5:50 PM

Michael Putnam secured two of his four cuts to begin the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season.

His best finish was a T26 at the CIMB Classic, which was a no-cut event. The other payday came in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, where he shared 51st. He broke 70 in just three of of his 12 rounds and ranks 112th in the FedExCup standings. In the sibling rivalry between Michael and his younger brother, Andrew, the elder is chasing the younger in the FEC standings. Andrew is currently 68th.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 02:59:00 PM

Michael Putnam could only muster a 6-over-par 36-41-77 in the third round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Putnam found just one birdie on his third lap around El Camaleón GC, with two bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey marring his scorecard. The 36-hole leader clearly wasn't comfortable with his position in the tournament. He found just six of 14 fairways and 12 GIR, while putting to a 1.917 average. He enters the final round at 6-under 207 and nine strokes off the lead.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Michael Putnam blitzed El Camaleón Golf Club for seven birdies in his second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba en route to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-33=64.

Tacked onto his opening 66, Putnam is the 36-hole clubhouse leader at 12-under 130. He went out in the second threesome off the first tee today and birdied the par-4 opener. He also walked off with a birdie-3 at 18. Overall, Putnam split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. Aside from an opening bogey at the 10th hole on Thursday, he's been blemish-free.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 11:40:00 AM