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Putnam Wins Maiden Tour Title at Barracuda Championship

Andrew Putnam scored nine points on Sunday at Montreux Golf & Country Club to claim victory at the Barracuda Championship by four points over Chad Campbell.

Andrew Putnam Wins 2018 Barracuda Championship
Andrew Putnam poses with the trophy after winning the 2018 Barracuda Championship at Montreux Country Club in Reno, Nevada. Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Entering the day with a three-point lead, Putnam mixed a bogey with three birdies in his opening nine to turn with five points and extend his advantage.

Going home, and with his first PGA Tour title in sight, the 29-year old from Pepperdine played mistake-free, while adding two birdies to reach a four-day total of 47 points.

Following his maiden title on the big tour, Putnam moved to No. 31 in the FedExCup standings and has his goal of a spot in the field at East Lake within sight.

“The ultimate goal for the year is to get to the FedExCup championship. And coming into this week I felt I had a good chance to possibly win,” said Putnam.

“I’ve been playing really well. And I knew I needed some more points to jump up on that FedExCup leaderboard. And happy to get the win and get that much closer.”

Alone in second at +43 was veteran Chad Campbell, who posted 33 points on the weekend (22-11) to secure the runner-up spot.

“These last two days felt really good. Really hit the ball well and putted great yesterday, and didn’t putt quite as well today, but definitely happy with the way I played,” said Campbell.

“Obviously disappointed I wasn’t able to finish it off but it happens. Definitely moving in the right direction, though.”

John Oda and J.J. Spaun matched eight-point cards on Sunday, and also finished with the same four-round total of +37. Oda was a Monday qualifier and will get an invite to the season-ending Wyndham Championship by virtue of his top-10 position.

Opening-round leader Ollie Schniederjans bounced back from a one-point third-day to score 10 points on Sunday and post a top-5 finish at +36.

Aaron Baddeley was the halftime leader at +26, after rounds of 14 and 12, but the Aussie could muster just one more point over his final 36 holes, finishing with a +27 final score, tied for 26th.


FINAL TOP 5

1. Andrew Putnam +47 (6-17-15-9)
2. Chad Campbell +43 (6-4-22-11)
3. John Oda +37 (7-9-13-8)
3. J.J. Spaun +37 (7-12-10-8)
5. Ollie Schniederjans +36 (17-8-1-10)


FINAL-ROUND HIGHLIGHTS


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EXIT QUESTION FOR PUTNAM

Congratulations on getting into the winner’s circle on the PGA TOUR for the first time. Get some comments?

ANDREW PUTNAM: Yeah, this was an incredible week. We came here and we’re staying at Incline Village. And it’s such a beautiful spot. And so cool to have my wife and my parents here. One of my friends flew in last night. And, yeah, just a dream week for me.

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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