Life Christian High graduate Andrew Putnam, a Web.com Tour rookie who shot a course-record 9-under 62 on Thursday, followed with a 1-over 72 on Friday and trails leader Chesson Hadley by two shots at the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C.
Hadley stands at 1-under 132, one stroke in front of Jason Gore (68), Edward Loar (65) and Danny Lee (66). Putnam and Scott Dunlap (65) are at 8-under and share fifth place.
Putnam’s only two birdies came on his final two holes. He opened with nine pars on the back nine. After the turn, he bogeyed the first, fourth and sixth holes to fall to 6-under before birdies on Nos. 8 and 9.
“It was a pretty good finish to an otherwise bad round,” Putnam said. “I was definitely more relaxed, but it didn’t help. I think maybe I play better when I’m a little on the edge.”
Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen is one of four players tied for seventh at 7-under.
Leading money winner Michael Putnam, Andrew’s older brother and the Tour’s only two-time winner, posted scores of 68-68 (6 under) and is tied for 11th.
Like his brother, Michael Putnam parred every hole on the back nine and birdied Nos. 8 and 9. He added birdies on the second and fourth holes and bogeyed the third.
WATSON GRABS LEAD
Bubba Watson shot a 3-under-par 67 Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington after two rounds of the Travelers Championship at Cromwell, Conn.’s TPC at River Highlands course.
The 2010 Travelers champion was at 10-under 130. Reed and Harrington were at 8-under after both shot 66s.
Charley Hoffman, who held the first-round lead after a 61 on Thursday, followed that with a 73 in a round that included three bogeys and a double-bogey.
MIYAZATO LEADS LPGA
Mika Miyazato birdied six of 10 holes in the middle of her round to shoot a 6-under 65 and earn the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship at Rogers.
The Japanese golfer hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation on Friday to finish a shot ahead of So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford at 5 under.
World No. 1 Inbee Park is four shots off the lead after shooting a 2-under 69.
Craig Stadler birdied five of his first 11 holes to jump into a share of the lead with Duffy Waldorf and Bernhard Langer at 5-under-par 67 in the rain-delayed Champions Tour Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. There were 23 players on the course when play on the 54-hole tournament was suspended by darkness. … Ernie Els shot a 3-under 69 in the second round of the BMW International Open in Munich to maintain his one-stroke lead.