Putnam wins by 2 in Mexico

Leon, Mexico (Sports Network) - Michael Putnam fired a 6-under 66 on Sunday and secured a 2-stroke victory at the Mexico Championship.

Putnam was ahead of the chasing field by a single stroke entering the tournament's 72nd hole, where the Washington native locked up his second Web.com Tour victory with a birdie. He finished at 13-under-par 275, two shots clear of Alex Prugh, Whee Kim and Wes Roach.

The third round was completed Sunday morning after lightning and high winds resulted in a suspension a day earlier. Prugh and Kim held the lead when the third round wrapped up, but they both carded final-round 72s at El Bosque Country Club to drop from the top spot. Roach, meanwhile, shot 70.

Tim Wilkinson (72) placed solo fifth at 10-under, while Mathew Goggin (73), Chesson Hadley (69) and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (69), the lone Mexican to make the weekend, tied for sixth at minus-9.

Jim Renner (71) was one stroke behind Putnam entering the final hole, but he stumbled to a triple-bogey 8 and dropped into a tie for ninth at 8-under alongside D.J. Brigman (69) and Andrew Putnam (69).

Prugh held the lead for much of the final round, as he opened with back-to- back birdies and added another on the par-5 eighth to highlight an outward 33.

But he couldn't maintain the momentum around the turn.

A bogey on the 11th reduced Prugh's advantage to a single stroke, and when he tripped to consecutive birdies from the 15th, Michael Putnam and Renner found themselves tied for the lead.

Renner had six birdies against a lone bogey through his first 15 holes, but he too faltered down the stretch. The slide started with a bogey on the 16th and culminated with a triple on the last.

Putnam, whose only other win on the circuit came at the 2010 Utah Championship, got off to a scorching start before finishing strong. After parring the opening hole, he reeled off four straight birdies from the second, then recovered from a bogey on No. 7 playing the par-5 eighth to an eagle 3.

An eagle on the 10th was followed by bogeys on Nos. 11 and 13, but his birdie on the 16th pushed him into the top spot. After a par on the next, Putnam deftly played the 18th to a birdie, locking up the triumph in style.

NOTES: Putnam moved to the top of the Web.com Tour money list with the win. His previous best finish this season was a tie for second at the South Georgia Classic ... For the first time in this tournament's history, only one Mexican player (Rodriguez) played the weekend.


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