Former Wave Michael Putnam Turns In Impressive Fourth-Place Finish in Pro Debut
Aug. 28, 2005
Cromwell, Conn. - Former Pepperdine All-American and 2005 graduate Michael Putnam turned in an impressive showing in his professional debut during this weekend's Buick Championship at the Tournament Players Club in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Playing in his first PGA TOUR event as a professional, Putnam carded a final round 7-under par 63 on Sunday to finish with a 12-under par 268 and tie for fourth place, two shots behind Brad Faxon and Tjaart van der Walt, who finished 72 holes tied at 14-under 266.
Faxon later went on to win the tournament in a one-hole playoff with van der Walt.
During Sunday's final round, Putnam posted a bogey-free round as he recorded seven birdies and 11 pars en route to his 63. After registering a birdie-3 on the par-4 15th, Putnam moved into a tie for the lead.
In four rounds, Putnam posted scores of 65-69-71-63.
Putnam, who had been at Merion last week for the U.S. Amateur when he was told he received a sponsor's exemption to the Buick Championship and decided to turn pro, earned $177,733 in his PGA TOUR debut.
His performance likely earned him several more sponsor's exemptions, allowing him an opportunity to earn enough money to avoid qualifying school as he attempts to earn his PGA TOUR card.