Does the name Andrew Putnam ring a bell? If so, you probably follow professional golf closely – very closely.  At the time of this writing, Putnam is the leading money winner on the Tour and a shoo-in to play on the PGA Tour next season.

He has three top-10 finishes this season, including a victory at the Panama Claro Championship. He played on the PGA Tour in 2014-15 but failed to retain his card after finishing 2nd on the Tour’s money list the previous year. A standout golfer at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, The 28-year-old Putnam turned pro in 2011 after a stellar career at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he was a three-time All-American.

Putnam’s journey is a testament to how difficult it is to make it at the highest stages of world golf. His resume would seem to indicate he would be headed for at least a solid career, but so far that hasn’t panned out. Tom Lehman didn’t become successful until after his 30th birthday, and Hall of Fame golfer Lee Trevino famously worked as an assistant professional until his mid-20s before finding staying power. Seeing that golfers mature at different stages of their careers, it’s possible that Putnam may one day become a household name. If so…you heard it here first!

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