Notes: Putnam knocks Loar from top spot on the money list

May 29, 2013

WITH MEXICO WIN, MICHAEL PUTNAM IS NEW NO. 1 – Michael Putnam birdied the 72nd hole of the Mexico Championship presented by Banamex on Sunday to capture his second career Tour win.  The Washington native who turns 30 on Saturday supplanted Edward Loar at the top of the money list.  Loar had held No. 1 after the six previous tournaments.  Putnam entered the week 11th in earnings.

GOOD WEEK FOR THE PUTNAM BROTHERS – Michael Putnam’s younger brother and fellow Tour member, Andrew, was at El Bosque Country Club to share in his sibling’s victory.  “It was pretty surreal,” he said.  Coincidentally, Andrew, 24, enjoyed his best finish in 10 Tour starts this year, a T9.

FINALS WILL SOON BE UPON US – Being the 11th of 21 Regular Season events on the Tour, the Mid-Atlantic Championship serves as the halfway point in the dramatically revamped 2013 Tour schedule, which, when concluded after the four-event Finals in late September, will award all 50 PGA TOUR cards for the first time. Playing golf for a living is clearly a pressure-packed occupation and that pressure will only escalate in the next three months as Tour members pursue victories, a top-25 Regular Season finish and a top-75 finish to ensure a seat at the Finals. 

TPC POTOMAC WELL-RECEIVED VENUE – Last year, the Tour moved its Maryland event from Prince George's County to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Montgomery County. The move was very well received, with the TPC facility earning praise from Tour contestants.  2012 champion David Lingmerth recently called it one of the best venues on Tour.  Several early-week player tweets have echoed the same.  This year, the Championship returned to its original spring date.  

JOHN Q. HAMMONS PASSES AWAY – The golf world lost a strong benefactor on Sunday when hotel executive John Q. Hammons passed away in his native Missouri at the age of 94.  Mr. Hammon’s influence was felt by the PGA TOUR and the World Golf Village, along with many, many others.  The following is PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem’s statement upon learning of his death.  “The PGA TOUR was very saddened to learn of the death of John Q. Hammons. Mr. Hammons was not only a distinguished businessman, he was a great human being who was deeply committed to helping others. His philanthropic efforts are many and included the PGA TOUR. The Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri has been run by his Foundation since the Tour’s inception in 1990 and become one of golf's most productive charitable events. Mr. Hammons was also involved in establishing the Tour's Greenville, South Carolina tournament in 1992, another event that has built a strong charitable tradition.  In 1999, the PGA TOUR asked him to support the continuation of the Champions Tour event in Kansas City, which he did, leading to four additional years there.  The Hammons organization played a vital role in making the World Golf Village a reality with its commitment in the mid 1990s to the development of the property's flagship Renaissance Hotel and belief in the World Golf Foundation's mission there. We have all lost a great man and he will certainly be missed.”

BOO BAGS WIN NO. 355 – Boo Weekley’s third PGA TOUR victory on Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial was the 355th by a former Tour member.  It was the 10th this year.

HOW ABOUT THAT FRANKLIN CORPENING? – One week after posting a career-low 62 in the first round of the Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, Franklin Corpening matched it with another 62 in the final round of his first PGA TOUR event at Colonial Country Club, which happens to be his home course.  Corpening’s stellar round resulted in a T14 finish.  He earned $112,000.  The 28-year-old Fort Worth native returns to the Tour this week in Potomac, Md.

TYLER DUNMYER, A JUNIOR ACHIEVER – 17-year-old Tyler Dunmyer will conclude his “50 Courses in 50 Days” journey on Wednesday when he plays his final course, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Md., in the Mid-Atlantic Championship Pro-Am.  The high school junior from Gaithersburg, Md. embarked on “50 in 50” to raise money for Junior Achievement by selling tickets to the Tour event. Tyler is documenting his experiences and accepting contributions (it’s not too late to do so) online at:

UNITED LEASING CHAMPIONSHIP INKS PRESENTING SPONSOR – Professional Transportation, Inc. is the new presenting sponsor for the Tour event in Evansville, Ind.  The official name of the June 27-30 tournament is now “United Leasing Championship presented by PTI”.  Victoria National Golf Club is the host venue.

BACK-TO-BACK – First-year member Chesson Hadley is coming off his best back-to-back tournaments of the year.  The 2010 Georgia Tech grad recorded a T3 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am and a T6 in Mexico on Sunday to improve 63 places on the money list to No. 25. 

DID YOU KNOW? – 20 of the top-25 finishers at Colonial played the Tour. The count increases to 21 of 25 when you add current member, Franklin Corpening.

NEXT WEEK – The Tour is off next week before heading to Wichita, Kan. for the 24th year in a row and the Air Capital Classic (June 13-16).