Michael Putnam named 2013 Web.com Tour Player of the YearMichael Putnam was only the eighth player in Web.com Tour history to win in consecutive calendar weeks.November 09, 2013
PGA TOUR staff
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Putnam was named the 2013 Web.com Tour Player of the Year in a vote of his fellow competitors, it was announced Saturday by PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee.
The Tacoma, Wash. native was the Web.com Tour's Regular Season leading money winner with $450,184 in earnings and won two tournaments, the Mexico Championship and Mid-Atlantic Championship. His wins came in back-to-back events in late May and early June, making him only the eighth player in Web.com Tour history to win on consecutive calendar weeks.
Putnam, 30, held the top spot for 15 consecutive weeks (after Mexico Championship, through Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship), which was the sixth longest stretch in Tour history.
In addition to his two wins, the former Pepperdine University standout tied for second at the South Georgia Classic in April and tied for third at the Albertsons Boise Open in July. Putnam had a total of nine top 10s on the year and 14 top 25s, first in both categories. He made the cut in 19 of 23 starts, and was a cumulative 166 under for the year.
Putnam was joined on the Player of the Year ballot by Chesson Hadley, Ben Martin and John Peterson.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I would like to congratulate Michael on an outstanding year on the Web.com Tour,” said Finchem. “He excelled throughout the season and is a deserving honoree. We wish him all the best on the PGA TOUR. I also congratulate Chesson, Ben and John on their terrific seasons and welcome them to the PGA TOUR.”
“I am honored to be voted Player of the Year by my fellow players,” said Putnam, who receives the Jack Nicklaus Award. “I truly believe this past season on the Web.com Tour has prepared me for success on the PGA TOUR. The Web.com Tour is an excellent tour that has incredibly talented golfers who are also really good guys. It features great tournaments, sponsors, volunteers and Tour staff, all of whom I'd like to thank for what they did to help me and the rest of the players week-in and week-out this year.”
“Michael Putnam has been a wonderful representative for the Web.com Tour, not only with his golf clubs but with the media, tournament sponsors, the fans and everyone else he came in touch with,” said Calfee. “Michael returns to the PGA TOUR following a season on the Web.com Tour that not only included a pair of wins and 15 weeks atop the money list but highly consistent play virtually every week he competed. We wish him well on the PGA TOUR and look forward to following his progress.”
As the Web.com Tour's 2013 Regular Season leading money winner, Putnam is fully exempt in 2013-14 and receives an invitation to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. next May.
In the Tour statistical categories, Putnam finished second in Greens In Regulation Percentage (74.31), T3 in Scoring Average (69.22) and sixth in All-Around Ranking (226).
Of his 83 rounds, 60 were par or better (72.3 percent) and 53 were under par (63.8 percent. Putnam's low round of the year was 63, which he posted three times.