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Putnam wins Barracuda Championship


Andrew Putnam fired five birdies against just one bogey on Sunday to win his maiden US PGA title in the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada.

Putnam, who played on the Tour in 2015 but lost his Tour card and had a spell on the Tour, teed off on Sunday with a three-point lead over Sam Saunders in the PGA Tour's only tournament that uses a Modified Stableford scoring format.

He finished with a total of 47 points after picking up nine on Sunday in an event in which contestants get eight points for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie and nil for a par with a point subtracted for a bogey and three points taken off for a double bogey or worse.

He only required a bogey at the last to win, but instead nailed a 22-foot birdie putt from off the green at the Montreaux Golf and Country Club to triumph by four points.

Putnam won $612 000 and picked up a two-year tour exemption, but perhaps of equal importance, he also earned himself a ticket to play in the final major of the year, the PGA Championship, at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri, next week.

Chad Campbell was second with 43 points after picking up 11 of them on Sunday but Saunders, tumbled down the leaderboard to finish 7th after posting a closing minus-1.

Putnam, a 29-year-old from Tacoma in Washington State, said he went out with his focus on keeping his tour card, but buoyed by some recent performances - a 2nd in the St Jude Classic and 8th in the Candian Open - he felt "like I was one of the favourites coming into this tournament and, if I played my game, I had a chance."

With the elite WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio on the go simultaneously, none of the Tour's higher-ranked players was in the Barracuda field.

(US player unless stated)

47 Andrew Putnam 6 17 15 9
43 Chad Campbell 6 4 22 11
37 John Oda 7 9 13 8, J.J. Spaun 7 12 10 8
36 Ollie Schniederjans 17 8 1 10
35 William McGirt 6 2 7 20
34 Chris Stroud 7 6 13 8, Sam Saunders 10 13 12 -1
33 Vaughn Taylor 2 6 10 15, Brandon Harkins 5 13 3 12
32 Hudson Swafford 12 10 -1 11, C.T. Pan (TPE) 7 8 6 11, Ben Silverman (CAN) 11 8 3 10, Derek Fathauer 6 14 5 7
31 D.J. Trahan 8 10 -3 16, John Merrick 11 12 -3 11, Ethan Tracy 9 6 8 8, Matt Jones (AUS) 10 10 4 7, Martin Laird (SCO) 9 8 9 5, Michael Thompson 10 3 13 5, Shane Lowry (IRL) 10 12 8 1. 

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Neville Leck

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