Michael Putnam wins Utah Championship


Nationwide Tour SANDY, Utah – Former Pepperdine player Michael Putnam won the Utah Championship on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Jhonattan Vegas and Bradley Iles.

The 27-year-old Putnam, a 6-foot-4 former high school basketball star in Washington, finished at 18-under 266 on the Willow Creek Country Club course.

Putnam earned $99,000 to jump from 47th to 15th on the money list with $191,747, with the top 25 at the end of the season earning 2011 PGA Tour cards.

Vegas finished with a 67, and Iles shot a 71.