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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. Nov 2 - 9:33 PM

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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.
Sep 9 - 8:05 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.
Jul 25 - 8:15 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.
Jul 24 - 1:51 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.
Jul 21 - 8:19 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.
Jun 18 - 3:24 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.
Jun 8 - 9:52 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.
Jun 2 - 1:27 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.
May 6 - 8:31 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.
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