Tracking local golfers on the PGA Tour

todd.milles@thenewstribune.comJanuary 24, 2014 

Stewart Cink watches his tee shot on the 17th hole of the North Course at Torrey Pines in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday in La Jolla, Calif. Cink led with an 8-under-par 64.

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This week: Farmers Insurance Open, through Sunday, Torrey Pines South and North courses, La Jolla, Calif.

In the field: Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley and University Place’s Michael Putnam.

Putnam’s first-round score: 3-under-par 69 on the North Course.

Stanley’s first-round score: 6-over 78 on the South Course.

Position: Putnam is tied for 17th, and Stanley is tied for 146th — all trailing leader Stewart Cink (64 on the North Course).

Recap: What has been remarkable about Putnam’s current PGA Tour scoring streak — nine consecutive under-par rounds to start 2014 — isn’t so much all the birdies he is making. It is that he isn’t making a whole lot of bogeys (18 in nine rounds). His lone bogey Thursday came at the par-3 sixth hole, where his tee shot plugged into a greenside bunker. But he rallied with a birdie at No. 9, a par 5, chipping close and making a 5-foot putt to close out his round. ... It was a rough debut for Stanley, who tied his highest score — a second-round 78 at the 2008 U.S. Open — on the South Course. He had a chance to get going early, sticking an iron approach to 6 feet at the 12th hole — arguably the hardest hole on the course — but he missed the birdie putt. On the next hole, a par 5, he hit his second shot so far left, he never found it in high shrubbery — and ended up making one of his five bogeys. He also registered double bogeys at No. 17 (four-putt from 40 feet) and No. 4 (three-putt from 25 feet).

Tee times Friday: Putnam at 9:50 a.m. off the South’s first tee, and Stanley at 10:20 a.m. off the North’s first tee.

todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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