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Tracking local golfers on the PGA Tour

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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