2023 Valero Texas Open: Top 10 Power Rankings at TPC San Antonio

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Andrew Putnam, Valero Texas Open, Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /

Andrew Putnam did well last week at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, especially considering he was one of the last players to make it into the field.

The Pepperdine alum swept through group play, beating Will Zalatoris 3 Up, Ryan Fox 2 & 1, and Harris English 4 & 3. Zalatoris was playing injured, so it was a pretty favorable draw for Putnam, but he still did what he had to do and only played the 18th hole once.

Putnam ran into a buzz saw in the round of 16, falling to a red-hot Kurt Kitayama 6 & 5.

Fortunately for Putnam, Kitayama isn’t in the field this week.

The week was the continuation of one of Putnam’s most consistent seasons as a pro. He made eight consecutive cuts in a row to start 2022-23 and took T-2nd at the Zozo Championship.

Putnam also was T-4th at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The 34-year-old Washingtonian has been one of the game’s best putters for a while. He’s currently seventh in strokes gained per round putting (.814). He’s near the top 50 in SG around-the-green (.204).

Putnam’s results are inching him close to the coveted top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. It’s too late to qualify for the Masters unless he wins this week, but Putnam could soon play his way into the other three major championships.

Putnam’s at the Valero Texas Open for the sixth time.

He’s made four of five cuts and finished T-8th (73-68-68-69) in 2018.

That was the same year he won his lone PGA Tour event at the alternate field Barracuda Championship. That still counts, but you know Putnam would like to prove he can get it done against tougher competition.