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Putnam awarded WNB Golf Classic title
Midland, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Putnam was awarded the title of the WNB Golf Classic on Sunday as the final round was suspended due to strong winds.
Putnam, who entered the final round with a 7-stroke lead after carding an 8- under 64 on Saturday, collected his first career win on the Web.com Tour at 20-under-par 196.
Putnam was 1-under through seven holes of his final round to extend his advantage to eight strokes before play was halted at Midland Country Club for winds that gusted over 50 mph.
After waiting over four hours for the wind to die down, play was canceled and Putnam was awarded the win.
"We stopped when (the wind) was gusting to 40 and right now it's gusting to 58," said Web.com Tour tournament director Orlando Pope. "Our time to get back out was about 5:20, but the wind isn't supposed to drop back to 40 until eight tonight. It's unfortunate. We knew the wind was coming and we were hoping to beat the wind but we couldn't do it."
Richard S. Johnson and Rod Pampling shared second place at 13-under, while Matthew Goggin and Tom Gillis tied for fourth at minus-12.
Jin Park, Sam Saunders and Harold Varner III shared sixth at 11-under.
Putnam was cruising during his final round, which he started with a birdie at the first.
He gave that shot back with a bogey at the third, but regained his momentum with back-to-back birdies at the fourth and fifth to reach 22-under. He bogeyed the seventh to fall back to minus-21 moments before play was halted.
"Seven shots was a big margin and I was playing well, but you never really know how it's going to work out," said Putnam. "I had some nervous feelings not knowing if I was going to out and play. It's a bummer that we couldn't play it all the way out. I'm sure it would have been a different feeling walking up 18 with a big lead. I can't remember the last time I won."
Johnson was even through seven holes at that point to own sole possession of second place, while Pampling was 1-over through seven holes to fall into a tie with Gillis for third.
Michael Kim caught a bad break with the suspension as he was 3-under through 16 holes to move into the top 10, but with the scores being reset to the end of the third round, he fell into a tie for 31st place.
Josh Broadaway and Kyle Reifers were also with Kim in a share of eighth place at the suspension and dropped back into a tie for 22nd place at 7-under 209.
NOTES: Only one group had completed their round when play was stopped ... Putnam collected $108,000 with the victory and will move to second on the money list ... The last Web.com Tour event to be suspended due to high winds was the 2011 Soboba Golf Classic, but this is the first time in tour history that a tournament has been shortened due to windy conditions.
04/27 19:32:52 ET
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