TRACKING LOCAL GOLFERS ON THE PGA TOUR
THE WGC-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL
This week: Thursday through Sunday, Firestone Country Club South Course, Akron, Ohio.
In the field: Puyallup’s Ryan Moore.
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World ranking: 39th.
2013-14 earnings: $2.86 million (18th on the PGA Tour).
The skinny: Moore has not been in action since his tied-for-12th showing July 20 at the British Open (9-under-par 279) at Royal Liverpool in England. It was his third-best finish at a major championship. Since the U.S. Open, the Cascade Christian graduate has been on quite a tear, finishing tied for fifth at the Travelers Championship (12-under 268) and tied for seventh at the John Deere Classic (16-under 268). And he’s been doing most of his damage early in the week — his 69.83-stroke average before the cut ranks fourth on the tour. This will be Moore’s fourth appearance in the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. His best showing was a tied-for-16th finish in 2010 (3-under 277).
Tee time Thursday: 6:20 a.m. (PDT) off the 10th tee.
This week: Thursday through Sunday, Montreux Golf and Country Club, Reno, Nevada.
In the field: Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley and University Place’s Michael Putnam.
World rankings: Putnam is 151st, and Stanley is 228th.
2013-14 earnings: Putnam has $780,311 (104th on the PGA Tour), and Stanley has $389,581 (154th on the PGA Tour).
The skinny: Putnam is experiencing the best stretch of golf on the PGA Tour in his career. He tied for fourth last week at the RBC Canadian Open (11-under 269), closing with a 4-under 266. It matched his best career finish and all but assured him of playing on the PGA Tour next season. Now at 81st in the FedEx Cup points standings, Putnam can really focus on making noise in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He’s played the Reno stop only once, missing the cut in 2007 (2-over 146) when it was a stroke-play event. … It is crunch time for Stanley, who tied for 12th at the Canadian Open (8-under 272). Playing in the final group with eventual winner Tim Clark and overnight leader Jim Furyk, Stanley shot a 72 in the final round. For the first time all season, however, Stanley finished with a positive in strokes gained for the week (.831). He has two more events to take care of business and remain in the top 125 in the FedEx points (he’s currently 81st) to secure his PGA Tour card in 2015 — this week and the Wyndham Championship starting Aug. 14 in Greensboro, North Carolina. If Putnam plummets out of the top 125, he will head off to the Web.com playoffs in early September to keep his PGA Tour card.
Tee times Thursday: Putnam at 7:11 a.m.(PDT) and Stanley at 7:44 a.m. Both go off the first tee.