June 13, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Michael Putnam, a former three-time All-American at Pepperdine, will be one of 156 players teeing it up on Thursday when the 107th U.S. Open gets underway at the par-71 Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Penn.
It will mark Putnam's second appearance in a U.S. Open as he made his initial start in 2005 at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. two weeks after finishing runner-up at the NCAA Championships. He carded rounds of 76-79 for a 15-over par 155 and missed the cut.
Putnam, who played at Pepperdine from 2001-05, qualified for this year's open after tying for 12th during sectional qualifying in Columbus, Ohio, on June 4.
Putnam's appearance in this year's U.S. Open marks the fourth consecutive year that a former Pepperdine player has competed in the national tournament.
Jeff Gove (1989-93) became the first former Wave to play in an open when he qualified for the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Putnam and Jason Gore (1989-93) competed at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. in 2005.
A year ago, Alex Coe (2002-06) qualified for the U.S. Open held at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaronek, N.Y. and finished as low amateur. He missed the cut by one shot after shooting rounds of 77-73 for a 10-over par 150.
Putnam is scheduled to tee-off at 4 a.m. (PDT) on Thursday and is grouped with Rhys Davies and Lee Williams. The threesome will begin Friday's second round at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).
The first two rounds will air live on ESPN beginning at 7 a.m. (PDT). The final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday and will be carried live by NBC starting at 10 a.m. (PDT). All the action can also be followed live on the Internet at www.usopen.com.
Putnam is currently in his rookie year on the PGA Tour and has played in 13 events, making the cut in 12 and posting one Top 25 finish while earning $279,558.