MIDLAND, Texas – Andrew Putnam of University Place won the WNB Golf Classic for his first Web.com Tour title Sunday when high wind wiped out the final round at Midland Country Club.
The 25-year-old Putnam completed seven holes and had an eight-stroke lead when play was stopped with sustained wind of 28 mph and gusts to 43 mph. The gusts reached 50 mph about an hour later.
Putnam, who played college golf at Pepperdine, shot an 8-under-par 64 on Saturday to reach 20 under and open a seven-stroke advantage after three rounds. Sunday’s scores did not count.
“Seven shots was a big margin and I was playing well, but you never really know how it’s going to work out,” Putnam said. “I had some nervous feelings, not knowing if I was going to go out and play. It’s a bummer that we couldn’t play it all the way out. I’m sure it would have been a different feeling walking up 18 with a big lead. I can’t remember the last time I won.”
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Putnam earned $108,000 to jump from sixth to second on the money list with $248,273, enough to earn a spot on the 2014-15 PGA Tour. His 30-year-old brother, Michael, is on the PGA Tour this season after winning the Web.com Tour money title last season.
“It was always my goal to win early this year,” Andrew Putnam said. “I saw my brother do it last year, when he won twice. He was able to keep that confidence going.”
Richard S. Johnson and Rod Pampling tied for second at 13 under.
Andres Gonzales of Olympia tied for 22nd place at 7 under and Nick Taylor, a former Washington Husky, tied for 51st at 4 under.
Noh wins by 2
AVONDALE, La. – Seung-Yul Noh of South Korea overcame windy conditions and his nerves, shooting a 1-under 71 to win the Zurich Classic by two shots for his first PGA Tour victory.
Noh, 22, had a 19-under total and earned $1.224 million.
Andrew Svoboda (69) and Robert Streb (70) tied for second place.
Former UW Husky Alex Prugh (73) of Spokane tied for 29th at 7 under; Kevin Chappell (74), who owns a home in Kirkland, tied for 34th at 6 under; and Kyle Stanley (76) of Gig Harbor tied for 52nd at 3 under.
Ko edges Lewis
DALY CITY, Calif. – Lydia Ko of New Zealand birdied the final hole for her third LPGA Tour victory and first as a professional, holding off Stacy Lewis by one stroke in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.
Ko, 17, shot a 3-under 69 for a 12-under 276 total at Lake Merced. She earned $270,000. Lewis shot a 71.
Jimin Kang (77), a graduate of King’s High in Shoreline, tied for 68th at 12 over.