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Ace aids Andrew Putnam’s quest for PGA Tour card

Andrew Putnam of University Place has put himself in position to earn a PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season.

The Associated Press

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Andrew Putnam of University Place seemingly is one solid round from joining his brother, Michael, on the PGA Tour for the 2013-14 season.

Andrew was in fourth place Saturday after three rounds of the Tour Championship, which is scheduled to end Sunday. A hole-in-one helped his cause.

The four-tournament Tour Finals replaces the old version of qualifying school, which finished with a six-round tournament.

The top 25 from the Tour regular season — led by 30-year-old Michael Putnam — are assured their PGA Tour cards, leaving 25 additional cards based on a special money list from the four tournaments.

Andrew, 24, entered this tournament ranked 70th in the qualifying standings, but Saturday he was projected to rise to 15th — enough for a Tour card.

“I know I have to play pretty good,” he told the Tour’s website, “but I don’t have to win.”

Andrew had a double bogey on the 10th hole at Dye’s Valley Course, but his 3-iron shot on the 200-yard, par-3 11th landed close to the pin and rolled into the cup for a hole-in-one.

“I quickly forgot about that (double bogey),” he said.

According to Tour officials, the Putnams would be the second set of brothers to earn promotion to the PGA Tour in the same year. Deane and Brendan Pappas accomplished the feat in 2001.

Australian Scott Gardiner shot a 5-under-par 65 and leads the tournament at 10 under. Andrew (67) was at 8 under.

Other tournaments

Tom Lehman shot a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke lead in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an event on the 50-and-older Champions Tour in California.

Lehman was at 10 under for 36 holes.

Kirk Triplett (70), a Pullman High graduate, was tied for third at 7 under and Seattle native Fred Couples (71) was tied for ninth at 5 under.

• American Peter Uihlein holed his second shot from 47 yards for an eagle on the 18th hole to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland. He shot a 7-under 65 and was at 20 under.

South African Ernie Els (64) and German Martin Kaymer (63) were among six at 18 under.

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