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Web.com Tour regular-season finale coming to Portland
June 15, 2013 and PORTLAND, Ore. – Jeff Sanders Promotions and the PGA TOUR on Friday announced WinCo Foods has entered into a three-year agreement to sponsor the Web.com Tour's final Regular Season tournament, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, at Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, beginning in 2..." class="slickTip" target="_blank" >In 2014 the Web.com Tour will end the regular season in Portland, Oregon. Read t...In 2014 the Web.com Tour will end the regular season in Portland, Oregon. Read the story below for the latest information regarding the WinCo Foods Portland Open.
Web.com Tour regular-season finale coming to Portland
June 15, 2013 and PORTLAND, Ore. – Jeff Sanders Promotions and the PGA TOUR on Friday announced WinCo Foods has entered into a three-year agreement to sponsor the Web.com Tour's final Regular Season tournament, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, at Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, beginning in 2...
The Australian turned professional in 1989 — two years after Hudson Swafford was born. Lonard seeks on last hurrah before being overrun by a younger, hungry generation.
So goes the dynamic of the Web.com Tour, formerly known as the Nationwide, which makes a stop at the Willow Creek Country Club starting Thursday with 156 players playing for the $99,000 first-place Utah Championship check.
A strong field begins teeing off at 7 a.m. and noon Thursday and Friday, with the low 60 players - plus ties - advancing to Saturday and Sunday. The field includes 22 of the top 25 Web.com Tour money leaders, including No. 1 Paul Haley. Two-time winner in 2012 Casey Wittenberg, as well as a handful of one-time winners, will compete for the championship.
"These kids really go low," Lonard said. "It's a different style of game, an attacking style. You still have to think your way around the course, but they're better for the guy who smashes it and putts pretty good. "
Swafford, a rookie fresh from playing for the University of Georgia, has already won on the Web.com Tour, holing out from a bunker to complete a course-record 62 in the Stadion Classic at UGA in Athens, Ga.
"I was glad the ball stayed in the hole," said Swafford, who had to wait for the field to finish before lifting the trophy.
Lonard, meanwhile, is listed at 58th on the tour money list. The top 25 are guaranteed a PGA Tour card. The veteran of three professional tours has had 21 top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour and was twice a member of the International Team at the Presidents Cup.
Lonard, who saw limited play in 2011, has worked his way back onto the Web.com Tour after repairing hip and knee ailments.
"Then they said I was fat and had better lose some weight, so I tried to lose weight and went back to gym," Lonard said. "I'm nearly 45 now and I haven't many years to go. What else am I going to do? I've been doing this since I was 19. I'll keep going until I can't go any more. Then I'll go back to beach house and do nothing I suppose."
Swafford sees the beginning of his professional career as the beginning of a great adventure. The former Bulldog drives the ball a long way and licks his lips at the thought of five par 5s.
"I like that for sure," said Swafford, who, at age 24, just missed earning his PGA Tour card by two strokes at Qualifying School.
After earning some money on mini tours, Swafford is learning to compete at a higher level.
"I'm learning how to travel, how to prioritize your time," he said. "To not be tired come Saturday when - if - you make the cut. I proved I could compete with anyone. I've put everything I have into [golf].
"All in all, it's been good. I'm still learning but it's been great, absolutely."
Twenty-two of the top 25 money earners are competing in the Utah Championship. The cut for Saturday and Sunday are the low 60 players plus ties.
For the Utah Championship, the Willow Creek Country Club features five par 5s on the 6,953-yard par 71 course.
After another birdie attempt impossibly stayed out of the hole, Michael Putnam walked off Willow Creek Country Club’s No. 12 green, tilting his head toward the sky with his eyes closed.
"Wow," he said.
As his frustrating Sunday afternoon continued, Putnam repeatedly clapped his hands together and shook his head.
"Gosh," he said.
Those were his audible words, anyway, summarizing a day when Putnam could have been forgiven for more expressive commentary.
There could be only one explanation for how he went from a third-round 63 to a closing 74, bogeyed three relatively easy par-5s and lost a four-stroke lead, eventually tying for second place in the Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship: It was somebody else’s turn.
Pro golf is not designed to have anybody become a multiple winner of any tournament at this level. The idea is to win at Willow Creek, drive away with a trophy and an oversized check for $99,000 and never come back to Utah, thank you very much.
That’s Doug LaBelle II’s good-natured intention after he sneaked ahead Sunday and took a one-stroke victory over Putnam and three others. LaBelle, playing for New Mexico, once won BYU’s Cougar Classic the year after a Stanford golfer named Tiger Woods took the title — and by then, Woods already had claimed a Masters victory. So LaBelle is back on the Tiger trail, almost certainly headed to the PGA Tour again next season, while partly attributing this win to "obviously, some help from Michael Putnam."
The shock to LaBelle and everybody else was that the third-round leading score was 17-under par and his winning total was 15-under. The final threesome shot a collective 8-over par Sunday.
Putnam handled the defeat graciously, stepping out of the scoring tent and kissing his expectant wife, Kristina, and 20-month-old son, Jantzen, before fielding some questions. But regarding his tie for second, he could say only, "I didn’t deserve anything better."
Putnam was trying to duplicate his 2010 victory in the Utah Championship, but that’s just not a natural phenomenon. Of the other 19 previous winners of this tournament, dating to its origins in Provo, nine never returned to compete. Of the 10 who came back at some point, only four have ever made another 36-hole cut.
So Putnam’s showing was the best by a former champion, but that hardly was consoling. He blew it, and he knew it.
"It shouldn’t have even been close, really," he said. "If I could have just had an average day, I would have won the tournament."
Putnam is back on this tour after a wrist injury shortened his 2011 season on the PGA Tour. He’s trying to earn enough money to get back there next year. His check for $36,300 is helpful — ignoring the part about leaving $62,700 on the course Sunday, when he birdied the first and last holes.
In between, it was not much fun at all. He made five bogeys, while playing the par-5s like somebody in a member-guest tournament. Needing a birdie to catch LaBelle, Putnam butchered No. 17. His drive stayed too straight, ending up in the fairway bunker at the corner of the dogleg hole. He aggressively tried to hit a hybrid club, but the ball caught the lip and trickled down the fairway.
That left him 240 yards for his third shot, which landed in a greenside bunker. With an awkward stance, he played a nice shot to 10 feet, but missed the par putt. Wouldn’t you know, a dog was barking loudly in the neighborhood during his stroke.
That bogey made his 18th-hole birdie meaningless in terms of winning, although Putnam said, "I’ll probably be glad I made that — in a couple of days."