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Tracking local golfers on the PGA Tour for Aug. 6-9, 2015

WGC-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

This week: Thursday through Sunday, Firestone Country Club South Course, Akron, Ohio.

In the field: Puyallup’s Ryan Moore.

World ranking: 39th.

2014-15 earnings: $2.36 million (27th on the PGA Tour).

The skinny: On the surface, Moore’s season has been a good one — 13 of 18 cuts made and on pace for a second consecutive $3 million season. But if you asked him about the bigger events he’s played in, he’d likely say he is disappointed. Outside a tied-for-12th finish at the Masters, he has missed the cut in four other high-profile tournaments (The Players Championship, U.S. Open, British Open, WGC-Match Play). He’s got two weeks, starting Thursday, to turn that around. He tied for eighth at this event last season (7-under-par 273) after opening with a 65.

Tee time Thursday: 10:35 a.m. (PDT) off the 10th tee with Nick Cullen.

BARRACUBA CHAMPIONSHIP

This week: Thursday through Sunday, Montreaux Country Club, Reno, Nevada.

In the field: University Place’s Michael and Andrew Putnam, Olympia’s Andres Gonzales, Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley and Tacoma’s Troy Kelly.

World rankings: Michael Putnam is 281st, Gonzales is 304th, Andrew Putnam is 433rd, Stanley is 550th, and Kelly is 958th.

2014-15 earnings: Gonzales has $776,535 (111th on the PGA Tour), Michael Putnam has $557,803 (145th on the PGA Tour), Andrew Putnam has $276,400 (172nd on the PGA Tour), Stanley has $225,710 (180th on the PGA Tour), and Kelly has $47,854 (218th on the PGA Tour).

The skinny: Gonzales (missed cut at 3-over 145) and Michael Putnam (tied for 59th at 2-under 282) played in last week’s Quicken Loan National. Gonzales had started to show signs of pulling out of a summer slump after his tied-for-22nd finish at the RBC Canadian Open and is in good shape to make noise in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Michael Putnam needs to continue to surge by making cuts; last week was his fourth consecutive made cut. … On the PGA Tour, they say all it takes is one big week. Andrew Putnam needs that this week with a win or runner-up finish to change the outlook of his season. He has missed the cut in six of his past eight tournaments. … Of all the locals playing here, Stanley’s game might be best suited for this tournament, which uses the Stableford scoring system. The long hitter was plus-34 at this event last year, tying for eighth. He can make birdies — and eagles — in bunches. He has made the cut in his past four PGA Tour tournaments and has finished in the top 23 in each of the past three. … Kelly could not ride any of the momentum from his tied-for-39th finish at the U.S. Open, missing the cut at both the Greenbrier (4-over 144) and John Deere (2-under 140). He has been off for the past month.

Tee times Thursday: Gonzales (off No. 1) and Michael Putnam (No. 10) at 7:22 a.m. (PDT), Stanley (No. 10) at 7:33 a.m., Andrew Putnam (No. 1) at 8:50 a.m. and Kelly (No. 10) at 12:22 p.m.

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