Putnam voted as Web.com Player of the Year; looks forward to his PGA Tour schedule this season

Updated: December 3, 2013

Michael Putnam was near the bottom of the leaderboard when he finished his third round at The McGladrey Classic.

He still had plenty to smile about. Putnam was named the Web.com Tour Player of the Year after finishing as the leading money winner this past season with $450,184 and two wins.

The 30-year-old Tacoma, Wash., native narrowly missed his PGA TOUR card at q-school last December and entered this season on the Web.com Tour with one goal: To get it back.

It didn’t take long for him to do so.
Putnam won in back-to-back weeks in late May and early June at the Mexico Championship and the Mid-Atlantic Championship, locking up his status for the new 2013-14 wrap-around season on the PGA TOUR.

He wasn’t done yet, though.

“From that point on it kind of changed my goal to be No. 1 on the Tour (money list),” Putnam said. “With that comes a lot of perks. Hopefully I play enough good golf out here (on the PGA Tour), that I won’t need those.”

Among those perks is a spot in The Players Championship in May at TPC Sawgrass.

In the meantime, he’ll at least be able to set his schedule and play where he wants. That includes the West Coast Swing, where the Pepperdine graduate said he’s looking forward to.

In addition to his two wins, Putnam tied for second at the South Georgia Classic and third at the Albertsons Boise Open.

Putnam is already getting notice nationally for his play on the Web.com Tour. He was featured in a story that ran nationally on The Golf Channel. The story featured Putnam as well as his wife, kids and his brother Andrew, who also plays on the Web.com Tour.