Tacoma native Michael Putnam remains on pace to regain a place on the PGA Tour next season after he finished his round Friday with a birdie in cold, breezy conditions at the Web.com Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas.
Putnam shot a 1-over-par 72 and is tied for fourth with a 5-under 137 total. He trails midway leader Justin Hicks by three shots.
The top 60 on the money list qualified for the season-ending event at TPC Craig Ranch, and the final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
Putnam entered at No. 30, but his projected finish is in the top 25. A wrist injury ended his 2011 season on the PGA Tour. He missed the cut in four PGA Tour events this year and returned to the developmental tour to try to earn promotion to the major tour.
Hicks, at 11th on the money list, has already wrapped up a tour card. He shot a 2-under 69, one of the best rounds of the day, to take a two-stroke lead.
Hicks leads the 60-player field in fairways and greens in regulation, hitting 24 of 28 fairways and 30 of 36 greens.
“I’m just trying to hit a lot of fairways and greens and hopefully give myself a lot of opportunities and get one or two to fall,” Hicks said.
Olympia’s Andres Gonzales, who was 12th on the money list and assured of regaining the PGA Tour status he had in 2011, has struggled with rounds of 75 and 73.
GARRIGUS 14 UNDER
Five strokes off the lead after two rounds, Tiger Woods thinks the CIMB Classic course “can be had” and still expects a total of better than 20 under to win it in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Robert Garrigus, the second-round leader by two strokes over South Africa’s Jbe Kruger, has upped the ante. With back-to-back rounds of 64 and a 14-under total of 128, he’s looking to go 10 strokes beyond Woods’ projection to win.
“I’m going to try to get to 30 if I can,” he said.
Woods is tied for fifth a 9 under after a 67.
Sweden’s Peter Hanson shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Rory McIlroy after two rounds of the European Tour’s BMW Masters in Shanghai. … Norway’s Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 to share the second-round lead with South Korea’s Inbee Park in the LPGA Taiwan Championship in Yang Mei, Taiwan. Taiwan’s Yanki Tseng is two shots behind. … Mark Calcavecchia shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead over Kenny Perry in the suspended first round of the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Thirty-three of the 80 players were unable to finish because of darkness after a wind-blown rainstorm delayed play for 3 hours, 18 minutes.