June 15, 2007
Former Pepperdine All-American Michael Putnam battled difficult scoring conditions to shoot a 4-over par 74 on Friday and was one 63 players to make the cut at the 107th U.S. Open that is being played at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Penn.
After 36 holes, Putnam is tied for 27th place at 7-over par 147 and is seven shots behind Angel Cabrera, who is at even-par 140.
Greens that had been cut three times and rolled twice, combined with warm sunshine that cooked the course, led to only two rounds under par and the highest weekday scoring at a U.S. Open in 21 years.
No player was under par after 36 holes for the first time since 1974 at Winged Foot and the scoring average (76.13) was the highest before the cut was made at the U.S. Open since 77.8 in the wind-blown first round at Shinnecock Hills in 1986. A total of 35 players, among the 156 in the field, failed to break 80.
Putnam, who played at Pepperdine from 2001-2005, put together another consistent round on Friday, finishing with seven straight pars after a stretch of four straight bogeys on holes eight through 11.
The former Waves standout is scheduled to begin his third round Saturday at 9:55 a.m. (PDT) and is pair with Hunter Mahan. All the action can be followed live on NBC beginning at 10 a.m. (PDT).