Michael Putnam Wins Nationwide Tour Event
Sept. 13, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - Former Pepperdine All-American golfer Michael Putnam won his first professional tournament over the weekend, as he was the medalist at the Nationwide Tour's Utah Championship.
The 27-year-old Putnam closed with a 4-under 67 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory. He finished with an 18-under 266 at the Willow Creek Country Club.
Putnam earned $99,000 and jumped from 47th to 15th on the Nationwide Tour's money list with $191,747. The top 25 at the end of the season earn 2011 PGA Tour cards.
"I never played on the mini-tours and came right out here after college," Putnam told the Associated Press. "This is a tough place to win. I thought it might have come quicker than this but it's special that it came now."
He birdied four of the final four holes on the back nine to take the lead for good.
"I had a lot of wins in college, but I just haven't been able to get it done out here," Putnam said. "I've put myself in contention four or five times this year and I think it really helped me get over the hump. I learned a lot from all those bad rounds I played when I was in contention."
Putnam was a three-time All-American for the Waves between 2002-05 and was the 2005 Byron Nelson Award winner. He was the medalist at the 2003 West Coast Conference Championships and still holds Pepperdine records for career scoring average (71.61) and single-season average (70.58 in 2004-05).
The Pepperdine men's golf team, which includes Michael's younger brother Andrew, begins the 2010-11 season next week at the Husky Invitational in Auburn, Wash.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)