April 01, 2014
By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM
- Andrew Putnam joins his brother Michael in the field for the Shell Houston Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Former PGA TOUR winner Ted Purdy, who captured the 2005 EDS Byron Nelson Championship, was the last man standing Tuesday morning after winning a five-man playoff in the qualifier held at Cypresswood Golf Club to get into the Shell Houston Open.
Joining the 40-year-old Purdy were three other players with PGA TOUR experience – Kevin Kisner, who went lowest with an 8-under 64, Bubba Dickerson (65) and Andrew Putnam, who, like Purdy, shot a 66.
Purdy made a 6-foot birdie on the par-5 18th hole to eliminate Alex Prugh. Late Monday, Putnam parred the par-3 No. 11th hole to join his brother Michael in the field at the Golf Club of Houston.
Purdy, a Phoenix native who now resides in Fort Worth, has played the Shell Houston Open six times with his best finishes coming in 2004 (T11) and 2006 (T16). This week marks his first start on the PGA TOUR in 2014 and just his seventh since 2012.
Kisner, who successfully Monday qualified earlier this month at the Valspar Championship, is playing in his third Shell Houston Open. The 30-year-old native of Aiken, S.C., and University of Georgia golf product, turned pro in 2006. His best PGA TOUR finish is a tie for 10th at the 2012 RBC Canadian Open.
Dickerson, who played collegiately at Florida and lives in Jacksonville, is playing in his first PGA TOUR event since the 2011 U.S. Open. The 32-year-old Dickerson enjoyed his best season in his first full year on TOUR in 2006, posting three top-10 finishes – including a tie for fifth at the Buick Championship.
Putnam is currently riding a hot streak that began in mid-February on the Web.com Tour, where he has posted consecutive finishes of T2 (Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship Presented by Claro), T6 (Chile Classic), T9 (Brasil Champions Presented by HSBC) and T15 at the Panama Claro Championship.
The 25-year-old Tacoma, Wash., native, played college golf at Pepperdine University and turned pro in 2011. He ranks fifth on the Web.com Tour money list.