Not a great week in Texas for Northwest Players as only three teed it up and the top finish was Michael Putnam’s T-38. Putnam, a native of Tacoma, was consistent at the very demanding Colonial Country Club, shooting rounds of 70-71-69-68 to finish at -2 for the tournament. Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley continued the up and down form he’s displayed this season shooting 3 over 73 twice en route to a 68th place finish. University of Washington alum and Bellevue native Richard H. Lee missed the cut.
Olympia’s Andres Gonzalez lived up to his “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” moniker at the Rex Hospital Open, closing with a 67 on Sunday to break into the top 10 for the first time this season. After a disappointing +1 72 on Saturday, Gonzalez needed a good round to keep in contention and he delivered. The Capital High School graduate had cracked the top 25 on 6 different occasions before this week. He now sits one spot outside PGA TOUR promotion at 26th on the Web.com Tour Money List.
Spokane’s Alex Prugh also impressed as he finished in a tie for 14th on the heels of 4 under par rounds. The former University of Washington star is currently in 15th place on the Web.com Money List, despite only having 4 starts this year. Prugh, however, has already amassed a 2nd place finish on the lower circuit and bolstered his case for full PGA TOUR status with his finish at the Rex.
Tacoma’s Andrew Putnam came back down to earth a bit with a T54 finish. The younger Putnam sits in 2nd place on the Web.com Money List after notching his first professional victory along with 4 top 10’s this season. Abbotsford, BC native Nick Taylor missed the cut.
What’s on Tap
The Web.com Tour will take the week off as the PGA Tour heads to Dublin, OH for the Memorial. Lots of Northwest faces will be teeing it up at the Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village Country Club, as Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Michael Putnam, Richard H. Lee and Robert Garrigus will all be in the field. Moore has a solid history there, with 5 top 25’s and 3 top 10’s, including a solo 2nd in 2007. Kyle Stanley is another who could be starting right at a slumpbuster in Muirfield. Kyle has made 2 of 3 cuts at the event in his career including finishing solo 3rd last year. The other 3 entrants have a spotty or nonexistent history in the event, which doesn’t bode particularly well as The Memorial draws one of the strongest fields of the year.