Andres Gonzales, Tour, Utah Championship

Olympia native Andres Gonzales watches his approach shot at the Utah Championship on the Tour. Gonzales won his 2nd Tour title by four strokes. Image via


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.

Prugh, Crane and Lee also proved consistent, with the trio all managing 4 sub-par rounds. Stanley continued his struggles by parlaying his cut-saving Friday 67 with a disappointing 72 on Saturday. Banks, OR native Robert Garrigus missed the cut.

  T7 -16 66 67 67 68 268
T37 -9   69 70 69 67 275
T37 -9   68 68 69 70 275
T52 -7   70 70 69 68 277
T63 -5   71 67 72 69 279 Tour

The Tour descended on Utah last week, with 5 Northwest players competing in the event. Olympia native and PGA TOUR veteran Andres Gonzales emerged victorious, going wire to wire after opening with a blistering -9 62 on Thursday. He continued to stretch his lead through Saturday and tip-toed his way to a -2 69 on Sunday to come away with the win. The victory, which is the second of Gonzales’s career, earns him PGA TOUR status for the 2015 season. He joins Tacoma’s Andrew Putnam as Northwest players with Tour wins this season.

Speaking of Putnam; after opening with a +2 73 on Thursday, the 25 year old closed the weekend in 13 under par to notch a top-25 finish, his 9th such finish in 14 starts. Seattle’s Jeff Gove, Portland’s Scott Harrington and Abbotsford, BC native Nick Taylor all missed the cut.

   1 -21 62 67 65 69 263
T21 -11 73 64 68 68 273

What’s on Tap

The TOUR is quiet for the Northwest Contingent, taking a week off for the Open Championship at Hoylake. But the event will feature a suddenly hot Ryan Moore, who has made 3 of 4 cuts at the event in the past.

The Tour makes its first of two Northwest stops as it heads to Hillcrest Country Club for the Albertson’s Boise Open. The Northwest contingent will be strong once again, headlined by this seasons winners Gonzales and Putnam. Joining them will be Scott Harrington, Jeff Gove, Nick Taylor and Spokane’s Alex Prugh.