Men's Golf to Have at Least Four Alums on PGA Tour in 2015
Aug. 26, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Three Pepperdine alums - Andrew Putnam, Jason Gore and Byron Smith - have earned promotion onto the PGA Tour in 2015 after finishing in the top 25 on the season-ending Web.com Tour money list.
Pepperdine will set a school record by having at least four alums on the PGA Tour in 2015 (the record is three, set in both 2007 and 2008). Michael Putnam will retain his PGA Tour card, as he's 99th in the FedEx Cup. The top 100 players are still alive in the FedExCup Playoffs, which will continue at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass.
Putnam and Smith will be first-timers on the PGA Tour, while Gore has earned his tour card for the seventh time (but his first since 2009).
One more Wave still has an opportunity to earn a PGA Tour card, as Jason Allred will be in the Web.com Tour Finals, which begins this week.
Michael Putnam, who played at Pepperdine from 2002-05, will be playing on the PGA Tour for the fourth time in 2015 (2007, 2011, 2014). He's earned $799,781 so far this season and his best finish was a tie for fourth place at the RBC Canadian Open in July.
Andrew Putnam - Michael's younger brother and letterwinner between 2008-11 - finished second on the Web.com Tour's money list. He earned $320,438 with five top-10 results, including a victory at the WNB Golf Classic in April.
Gore, who was a senior on the Waves' 1997 NCAA championship team, finished ninth on the Web.com Tour's money list with $253,046. He had two runner-up results, which came at the Panama Claro Championship to start the season in March and the Portland Open to end the season last weekend, to go with four other top-10 results.
Smith, a 2003 graduate, finished 21st on the Web.com Tour's money list with $177,172. He won the Rex Hospital Open in May for the bulk of his earnings.
Allred, who played from 1999-02, nearly earned a PGA Tour card despite not being a regular member of either tour. Through a mixture of qualifying and sponsor's exemptions, he was able to take part in nine PGA Tour events. Aided by a tie for third at the Northern Trust Open and a tie for sixth at the Barracuda Championship, he earned a total of $626,734, which was just shy of the amount needed to qualify him for a 2015 PGA Tour card.
Allred is now in the Web.com Tour Finals, a four-tournament series that will see 25 more players earn PGA Tour cards. The top 75 players from the Web.com season money list and players 126-200 in the PGA Tour FedExCup points list will compete.
Allred (2002) and Michael Putnam (2005) both won the Byron Nelson Award while at Pepperdine. Michael Putnam was a three-time All-American (2005 GCAA first team, 2004 second team, 2003 honorable mention), as was his brother Andrew (Golfweek third team in 2008, GCAA honorable mention in 2009 and 2011). Allred was a GCAA All-American third teamer in 2002, while Gore was honorable mention in 1997.