6 Northwest players teed it up this week at the John Deere Classic in Silvas, IL, and a very respectable 5 of them made the cut. Lead by Puyallup native Ryan Moore‘s T7. Portland’s Ben Crane, Spokane’s Alex Prugh, Bellevue’s Richard H. Lee and Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley all finished out the weekend. Moore was in contention since opening the tournament with a -5 66 on Thursday and finishing all 4 rounds under 68. The finish moves Moore up 3 spots to 15th on the FedEx Cup Points list and into 16th on the Ryder Cup List.
Next month marks 2 years since Golf by Bryan went live, and while it’s been incredibly fun, it’s also a very time consuming labor. Yet despite the struggle, my goal for the site remains unchanged. I want this to be the best resource for unfiltered and honest Northwest golf news and opinion.
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The Northwest contingent was light this week at the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, MD, with only 4 players in the field. It was not a bad showing, however as 3 of the 4 made the cut and all 3 finished in the Top-25. Robert Garrigus and Richard H. Lee both finished T-11 after shooting matching 284′s for the week, while Michael Putnam stumbled with a +3 on Sunday to a T24 finish. The nice payday also moves Lee to 127th, and within 2 spots of 125 on the FedEx Cup Points List, which is the end of the year cut line for retaining PGA TOUR privileges for 2015.
Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley continued to struggle continued as he missed the cut for the 11th time this year.
The Web.com Tour United Leasing Championship turned into a horror show for the Northwest golfers in the event, with only 1 of 6 making the cut. Scott Harrington of Portland was that player, but his modest -3 285 only netted him a tie for 15th. The win does move Harrington up 14 spots on the Web.Com Tour Money List from 85th to 71st, which could prove important in earning him a spot at his hometown Winco Foods PDX Open this August.
Andres Gonzales, Jeff Gove, Joel Dahmen, Andrew Putnam and Nick Taylor were the players who failed to make the cut.
What’s on Tap
Alex Prugh will rejoin the TOUR this week as the carnival heads to White Sulphur Springs, WV and the Greenbrier Classic. Joining Alex will be Michael Putnam, Richard H. Lee and Kyle Stanley as Sweden’s Jonas Blixt will look to defend his title on the C.B. MacDonald designed course.
The Web.Com Tour moves to Nova Scotia Canada and the Northwest field will be light as only Scott Harrington and Jeff Gove are scheduled to tee it up.
USGA Director Mike Davis visited Chambers Bay this week to take a look at the course and the progress that’s been made in advance of the 2015 U.S. Open. The Open, which looms a mere 50 weeks away, is expected to be a multi-million dollar boon to the Puget Sound economy, but it has not been without concern.
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Date Played: June 2014
When people think of Oregon golf, Portland often comes up as “that play you have to fly into” to get to Bandon or Bend. However, it was not that long ago, in 1992, when the Bob Cupp designed 36 hole complex dubbed Pumpkin Ridge opened to much fanfare. It’s somewhat overlooked 22 years later, but at the time it was a major revelation for the regions golf scene. Read More…