Golf

Putnam duplicates brother's win at Coast Amateur

Andrew Putnam called big brother Michael soon after his victory Friday at the 44th Pacific Coast Amateur at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club.

He received his brother’s congratulations. Then he told his brother the hard truth.

“I told him the course was set up a little tougher than when he won (the 2004 Pacific Amateur) here,” Putnam said.

Andrew Putnam’s closing 1-under-par 70 gave him a 7-under 277 total – good for a four-stroke victory over California’s Daniel Miernicki (68), and five shots better than Olympia’s Cameron Peck (67) and Australia’s Matthew Stieger (69).

It was the Pepperdine senior-to-be’s first tournament victory since leaving Life Christian Academy in 2007.

“I’m on the right track heading into (the U.S. Amateur),” Putnam said.

He started off with a tap-in birdie on the par-4 first hole, then added another with a 15-foot putt at the par-5 sixth.

“No one was coming at me,” Putnam said.

Except for Peck, who made four birdies on the front nine and turned in 30. But a double bogey at the par-4 16th ended his bid.

OVERTON SHOOTS 62

Jeff Overton shot an 8-under 62 to take a four-stroke lead midway through the inaugural Greenbrier Classic in White Sulpher Springs, W.Va.

Overton, winless in five years on the PGA Tour, shot the low round of the tournament, using wedges on all but one approach shot during a bogey-free round on the Old White course. He was 14 under.

Boo Weekley was 10 under after a 63. Jimmy Walker (64) and double heart transplant recipient Erik Compton (68) were 9 under. Compton, the first-round co-leader, is playing on a sponsor’s exemption.

Overton, a former Big Ten player of the year at Indiana, needed just 26 putts in his best round of the year.

“I don’t really know the last time I was playing with this much confidence,” Overton said. “I’m just kind of getting used to the whole PGA Tour lifestyle.”

The Bloomington, Ind., resident is having his best season with four top-five finishes, including three in his past six events.

“Obviously I’d take a win over a second any day of the week – over 100 seconds,” Overton said. “You never know when it’s your time.”

ELSEWHERE

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng shot her second straight 4-under 68 at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, to open a four-stroke lead in the Women’s British Open over Cristie Kerr (67), Brittany Lincicome (71) and Amy Yang (71). … England’s Ross Fisher shot a 10-under 61 to take a three-stroke lead in the Irish Open in Killarney, Ireland. Fisher had 10 birdies in 12 holes – including six in a row – to reach 12-under 130 at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.

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