American Putnam moves one ahead in Mexico

Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:13pm EST
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(Reuters) - American journeyman Michael Putnam took advantage of calm morning weather with a blitz of early birdies to charge into a one-shot lead in the second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on Friday.

The 31-year-old, who turned professional in 2005 and is still hunting a maiden victory on the PGA Tour, birdied five of his first eight holes on the way to a sizzling seven-under-par 64 at El Camaleon Golf Club.

That left Putnam at 12-under 130, a stroke in front of compatriots Shawn Stefani and Jason Bohn, who each carded 65s. Fellow American Ken Duke was a further shot back at 10 under after firing a best-of-the-day 63.

Putnam, who made just one cut from his first three starts on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, was delighted to benefit from an early tee time as he piled up seven birdies in a bogey-free display.

"We teed off at 6:15 this morning and it was pretty calm," the 2013 Tour Player of the Year told Golf Channel.

"Actually the wind was opposite to what it usually is just because it was so early so we had some holes down wind and some pretty easy holes to start off.

"And then coming in, I made a few birdies and got it to seven under today. I've been working really hard on my game ... and it's coming into place. Hopefully I'll have a good weekend."

Stefani, like Putnam bidding for his first PGA Tour win, was in sharp form with his putter as he totalled seven birdies and a lone bogey.

"I've been hitting the ball really well for quite some time now," said the 32-year-old, who also finished his round before the wind began to pick up in the afternoon.   Continued...

Jul 27, 2014; Ile Bizard, Quebec, CAN; Michael Putnam tees off the 12th hole during the Final round of the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal GC - Blue Course. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports