It was a celebration 20 years in the making. Under blue skies at Montreux Golf & Country Club, first time PGA TOUR champion Andrew Putnam took home the trophy at the 20th annual Barracuda Championship in his 49th career start. The packed gallery held its breath as Putnam sunk the ball with a 22 ft. putt for birdie at the finish. The 29-year-old Washington native ended round four with +47, a total that ties second-best in Barracuda Championship history since 2012 when the Modified Stableford was introduced.
Texas native Chad Campbell, 138th in the FedEx standings, was not far behind, snagging second place with +43 and finishing with a birdie on 18. Campbell tied the tournament record for most points in a single round on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to catch Putnam.
Sponsor exemption and former University of Nevada standout Grant Booth finished his first PGA TOUR appearance with a +10 to tie for 64. He took home the Barracuda Bonus, a $50,000 charitable donation given in the name of the player who collected the most points on the par-5 18th hole over the course of the four competitive rounds. One-half of the $50,000 will go to charity or charities in the Reno-Tahoe area while the other $25,000 will go to a charity of the player’s choice.