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Posted February 21, 2017 in "Watts" In The Bag by Tom Brassell
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – February 20, 2017 – Srixon and Cleveland Golf congratulate staffer Andrew Putnam for his playoff victory over the weekend at the WEB.COM TOUR Panama Claro Championship in Panama City. After finishing 72 holes tied atop the leaderboard at 13-under-par, Putnam made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death hole, the par-4 18, to record his second career WEB.COM win and continue a hot streak that has him in firm control of the Tour’s money list lead.
“It feels awesome, said Putnam, who has finished fifth, T8 and T11 in three previous WEB.COM starts this season. “I’ve played great in every single event this year and had a chance in a couple of them, just didn’t quite get it done. But it all pays off after this week.”
The 28-year-old Putnam trusted the exceptional distance and tour-validated performance of the new, fifth-generation Srixon Z-STAR XV golf ball. Featuring a redesigned Dual Energetic Gradient Growth core with a larger, softer inner core, the Z-STAR XV generates consistently high ball speed on full shots and enhances greenside spin control with the new Spin Skin coating. Putnam also uses new Cleveland Golf RTX-3 Tour Raw blade wedges (54° V-MG and 60° V-MG), which include three of Cleveland’s most innovative wedge technologies ever for the ultimate short-game control and consistency – Feel Balancing, V Sole grinds and the third-generation Rotex Face.
A Tacoma, Wash., native who turned pro in 2011, Putnam took home a $112,500 winner’s check and now leads the WEB.COM TOUR money list with $171,100, more than $43,000 ahead of the nearest competitor. He is essentially a lock to gain PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2017-18 season, and is looking for redemption after coming up short in retaining his TOUR card during 2015.
“This win means everything – all of the hard work I’ve put in over the offseason, over these last few years getting back to the PGA TOUR,” said Putnam, whose brother, Michael, is also a Srixon/Cleveland Golf staffer. “It was a disappointing year on the TOUR but I know that I have what it takes to be out there, so I’m excited to keep playing well.”
In Andrew Putnam’s Bag:
Two other Srixon/Cleveland Golf staffers finished inside the top five at the Panama Claro Championship: Sam Ryder (third place, 11-under par) and Willy Wilcox (T5, 8-under). Ryder plays the Srixon Z-STAR XV golf ball in Pure White, while Wilcox plays the Srixon Z-STAR in Tour Yellow.
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Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Srixon®, Cleveland® Golf, and XXIO® are part of the DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD family and each brand enjoys a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. Their professional staffs include Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox, Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Inbee Park, and many others. Cleveland® Golf, founded in 1979, is a leading equipment manufacturer specializing in short game technologies and solutions that benefit all golfers. Srixon®, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to producing the highest quality, technically innovative golf balls which offer maximum performance to golfers of all levels of ability. XXIO®, with their long-standing tradition of premium golf clubs in Japan, brings one of the most successful golf brands in Japan to America. Srixon®, Cleveland® Golf, and XXIO® remain steadfastly committed to providing “Tour-proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience playing the game of golf.” For more information, please contact Eli Miller (714.889.6441) or visit us online at Srixon, Cleveland Golf and XXIO USA websites.