Andrew Putnam missed the cut at last year’s Mexico Open at Vidanta, but at least getting competitive reps at a locale that many in the field this week are seeing for the first time can be an advantage.
It wasn’t like he played poorly, either. Putnam posted even-par in both rounds to miss the weekend by two. He played the front nine in 1-under each day and 1-over each day on the back.
It’s been a bit of an up-and-down season for the Pepperdine alum, but still one of the best of his career on the PGA Tour. Putnam got out of the gate strong with four top-30s in a row, including a career-high T-2nd at the Zozo Championship.
He made it until Pebble Beach in February before missing a cut and posted T-4th prior at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Unfortunately for the Californian, he did not play well on the West Coast swing, but has bounced back in recent weeks.
Putnam won his group at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and advanced to the round of 16. He added T-28th the next week at the Valero Texas Open and T-39th a couple weeks ago in his last start at the RBC Heritage.
It’s fitting that someone named Putnam can putt. He ranks 13th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained per round in that category (.612).
He’s also eighth in scrambling (67.34%).
Putnam doesn’t quite have the length you’d like to see at a longer course like this, but I see him finagling his way into a high finish at this year’s Mexico Open.