It was an up and down week on the big show, this week, for Northwest Golf. Tacoma native Ryan Moore entered the weekend before shooting a +4 76 on Saturday and plummeting down the leaderboard. He regrouped with a 66 on Sunday to finish tied for 18th at the Wells Fargo Championship. It’s seemingly been the story of Moore’s career thus far, a hot start, a solid finish, but a big number somewhere in between. With the meat of the season coming around the corner, it stands to reason that Moore should be playing more events and rounding into the shape that won the CIMB Malaysia Open late last year.
Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley continued his down year by finishing T-60 after not scoring in the 60’s over all four rounds. Tacoma’s Michael Putnam also finished T-60 after a disappointing Sunday 77. Richard H. Lee of Bellevue and Portland’s Ben Crane both missed the cut.
It proved to be a great week on the Web.com Tour for Cascadia golfers. Spokane native and former University of Washington star Alex Prugh finished alone in 2nd at -13 after rounds of 70-68-70-67. Prugh moved up the leaderboard on Sunday, posting a score of -5 which tied the winner (Blayne Barber) for the second lowest round of the day. The finish vaulted Prugh up 72 spots on the money list where he now sits in 12th place. The top 25 finishers on the money list earn exemption on the PGA TOUR for the 2014-2015 season.
Tacoma’s Andrew Putnam continued his great year by finishing T-14. Putnam started hot but faltered a bit on Sunday, shooting even par 72. The top-15 keeps Putnam in 2nd place on the money list, virtually guaranteeing him PGA TOUR exemption next year. Olympia Native Andres Gonzales continued his good start by finishing T-19 at -6 under par. The former teammate of Ryan Moore at UNLV has posted 6 top-25’s in 8 tries this year on the Web.com Tour, currently sitting in 28th place on the money list.
Seattle’s Jeff Gove and Abbotsford, BC native and UW alum Nick Taylor both missed the cut.
What’s on Tap
The Web.com Tour takes the week off as all eyes are on TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL for The Players Championship. “The Fifth Major” features one of the strongest fields of the year with all of the Fedex Cup top 10 in attendance and 24 major championships represented. The Northwest lays claim to a sizeable stable of talent who will tee it up as Ryan Moore, Michael Putnam, Kyle Stanley, Richard H. Lee, Ben Crane and Robert Garrigus are all set to compete.
Tuesday is also Media Day at The Home Course in Dupont for the 2014 USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links. It’s a bittersweet event, as the USGA has decided to do away with the men’s and women’s tournaments after this year, but it’s always a great show as many of the top lady amateurs in the world will descend on our region to take on one of Washington’s tougher tracks. I’ll have coverage of the WAPL both here and on ProGolfNow.com.