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Michael Putnam is back at Harbour Town Golf Links for the second time in his career for this week's RBC Heritage.
Putnam missed the cut in the 2011 edition. He sits a respectable 99th in the FedExCup standings, but that is largely a product of quantity over quality. He's made the cut in 12 of 15 events, but his T24 at the Shell Houston Open in his last start represents his best finish. Apr 16 - 2:21 PM

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Michael Putnam opened the Valspar Championship with a 2-under-par 33-36=69, finishing one stroke adrift of the clubhouse lead.

Putnam is 8-for-11 this year and sits 108th in FedExCup points, but he's still without a top 30 on the board. Perhaps that changes at Copperhead where he hasn't competed since 2007 when he was 19-for-29 on the season with only two top 25 and finished outside the top 155 in earnings. Today he totaled 14 greens in regulation and converted three birdies, all in his first five holes. The gem of the round occurred at the par-4 third where he drilled home a 14-yarder from the fringe. Putnam's only blemish took place at 16 where he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker and settled for a bogey-5.
Mar 13 - 3:06 PM

Michael Putnam concluded his second round of the Northern Trust Open bogey-par, but survived the cut on the number at 1-over 71-72=143.

Putnam was one of six to return to Riviera at 7:00 a.m. PT today. He two-putted from 4'3" at the par-5 17th before finding the green in two at the par-4 18th. Seventy-seven golfers survived the cut. The third round is scheduled to begin at 7:40 a.m. PT.
Feb 15 - 10:41 AM

Michael Putnam turned in a 4-under-par 36-31=67 for his opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The second-to-last golfer in the field on merit, and only as an alternate when Tim Herron withdrew on Monday, Putnam circled seven birdies against three bogey to finish three strokes off the clubhouse lead. Four of his birdies dropped in from outside 11 feet, the longest of which 22'11" at the par-3 fourth hole.
Jan 30 - 5:23 PM

Michael Putnam has been added to the published field of this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Putnam was first alternate when the field was published on Friday afternoon. He gained entry when Tim Herron withdrew. If it seems strange that the 2013 Tour earnings leader (Putnam) didn't crack the field on merit, it is. Only 132 golfers are in play at TPC Scottsdale, so the cutoff for entry lands higher than usual. It also influences the top-10 exemptions at the Farmers Insurance open. Ryo Ishikawa (T7), Justin Thomas (T10), Trevor Immelman (T10), Russell Knox (T10) and Brad Fritsch (T10) are alternates 1-5, respectively. If any do not gain entry into the WMPO, the exemption carries over to the Northern Trust Open in two weeks.
Jan 27 - 10:35 AM

Michael Putnam has secured paychecks in five of his first six starts ahead of his entry into this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

While he's logging plenty of weekend rounds, he's yet to finish one off with anything better than a T32 at the Sony Open. His history at Torrey Pines is solid, making two of three cuts with a T16 in 2007 the obvious highlight. Perhaps this is the week he puts four rounds together and really makes an impact on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR.
Jan 22 - 8:55 PM

Michael Putnam won't have to worry about any reshuffles in the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season since he finished the 2013 Tour regular season with the money list lead.

Putnam has enjoyed making his own schedule early, playing four times and making three cuts during the Fall Series. His best result was a T36 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, so he could stand to finish off tournaments better. Perhaps a bad omen, the the last Tour money list leader to successfully retain a PGA TOUR card was Michael Sim. Sim led the 2009 money list. Jamie Lovemark (2010), J.J. Killeen (2011) and Casey Wittenberg (2012) all failed to retain their PGA TOUR playing privileges the next season.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Michael Putnam enjoyed a 4-under-par 34-33=67 for his opening round of the Open.

Putnam is 0-for-2 on the PGA TOUR in terms of retaining status. As a rookie in 2007, he cashed 19 times but only two went for top 25s. In his return trip in 2011, he went 13-for-21 with four top 25s but went sent packing back to the Tour. Perhaps the third time is the charm for the 30-year-old. If today's round is a harbinger, then we'll see, hear and read about him quite a bit. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation at CordeValle. His loop included an eagle-3 from 22'9" at the 15th hole and three birdies, the longest of which just 10'6" at 8. Putnam signed his card sitting three strokes adrift of the clubhouse lead.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 05:17:00 PM

Michael Putnam carded a flawless 9-under-par 29-34=63 in the second round of the Hotel Fitness Championship to share the lead with Trevor Immelman and Patrick Cantlay at 11-under 133.

Putnam opened his round at Sycamore Hills on the 10th hole with four birdies and an eagle on his first six holes. He would sprinkle in three more birdies over his final 12 holes, never making anything worse than a par. It's no surprise that he's in this position. As the Tour's leading money winner and one of only two guys to win twice this year, he's the only player in the playoffs with nothing to gain.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 09:46:00 PM

Michael Putnam has emerged as the leading money earner on the 2013 Tour with $450,184.

Putnam assumed the top spot in earnings when he won in Mexico in late May. He solidified his position with a victory the following week and didn't relinquish it. Along with a berth in the upcoming Tour Finals, he will be exempt from the graduate reshuffle on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14 and has earned a tee time at THE PLAYERS. Nos. 2-24 on the money list will vie for starting position in the Tour Finals. They are (* - 2013-14 PGA TOUR rookie): Ben Martin (2nd, $399,769); *Chesson Hadley (3rd); Edward Loar (4th); *Kevin Tway (5th); *Bronson La'Cassie (6th); *Will Wilcox (7th); Mark Anderson (8th); Alex Aragon (9th); Tim Wilkinson (10th); Alex Prugh (11th); Jamie Lovemark (12th); Kevin Kisner (13th); *Brice Garnett (14th); Danny Lee (15th); Matt Bettencourt (16th); Jim Renner (17th); *Peter Malnati (18th); *Benjamin Alvarado (19th); Brendon Todd (20th); Daniel Chopra (21st); *Wes Roach (22nd); Miguel Angel Carballo (23rd); *Kevin Foley (24th); Andrew Svoboda (25th).
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 05:06:00 PM

Michael Putnam opened the News Sentinel Open with a 6-under-par 33-32=65, good for a share of the overnight lead.

The annual stop at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., serves as the penultimate event of the regular season on the Tour. Putnam sits first in earnings by $34,435. His remaining goal is to wrap up the money title. That would lock up a spot exempt from the reshuffle on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14 and a berth into THE PLAYERS. He hit 15 greens in regulation at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., today to set the stage to fulfill his objective.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 12:18:00 AM

Michael Putnam claimed his second Tour title in as many weeks when he signed for a 2-under-par 32-36=68 in the final round of the Mid-Atlantic Championship.

Putnam circled three birdies in his first six holes, then parred his way to the 13th hole, seemingly in control of the tournament. A bogey on the par-4 13th was followed with a birdie at the par-4 16th, then a final bogey at the 17th. He ends the tournament at 7-under 71-64-70-68=273, two strokes clear of Chesson Hadley. With this victory, he extends his stranglehold on the top spot on the money list and positions himself for a battlefield promotion should he pick up a third win.
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 02:45:00 PM

Michael Putnam posted an even-par 37-33=70 in the third round of the Mid-Atlantic Championship to claim a share of the 54-hole co-lead with Chad Collins at 5-under 205.

Putnam currently sits atop the Tour money list thanks in part to his win in Mexico a week ago. With a 2013-14 PGA TOUR card already locked up, at this point he's playing for positioning and the ability to set his schedule in Fall Series. His third round at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm was a bit of a wild ride, with a double bogey and a bogey in his first seven holes. He bounced back to circle four birdies to just one bogey in his final 11.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 06:56:00 PM

Michael Putnam fired a 6-under-par 31-35=66 in the final round of the Mexico Championship to claim the second Tour win of his career, solidifying his 2013-14 PGA TOUR card in the process.

Putnam circled seven birdies and an eagle to just three bogeys at El Bosque Golf Club in the finale. He ends the week at 13-under 64-72-73-66=275 in a tournament that was impacted by poor weather in each of the first three rounds. This week's result is the culmination of excellent play all season on the Tour. He picked up four top 10s in his six most recent starts, with a T2 in South Georgia the previous highlight. This marks his second Tour win, joining a 2010 triumph at the Utah Championship. With this victory, he assumes the top spot on the money list.
Sun, May 26, 2013 04:59:00 PM

Michael Putnam went out early in the opening round of the Mexico Championship in bogey-free 8-under-par 31-33=64 to lead a first round suspended by darkness.

Putnam already has three top-six finishes on the Tour this year, including a T2 in South Georgia. He began his round with his first of two eagles on the par-5 first hole. He added an eagle at eight and birdies at nine, 10, 12 and 17. Given his bevy of strong finishes to start the season, should he hold on and win it would assure him of a 2013-14 PGA TOUR card.
Thu, May 23, 2013 09:50:00 PM