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Q-School is a family affair for Putnam brothers

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LA QUINTA, Calif. – Over the course of the next six days, Michael and Andrew Putnam will share a house, a scoreboard and maybe, if everything falls their way, a celebration next Monday when the dust settles at the final stage of Q-School.

The Putnams are the first brothers to play the Fall Classic since Deane and Brenden Pappas did it in 2002. It’s just the second professional event the two have played together. Just don’t expect any family rivalry.

In fact, the opportunity to spend the week with Michael, who is making his fifth trip to the final stage, may give Andrew Putnam an advantage at one of the game’s most unique events.

“The weirdest part about second stage is you want to win, but you know you just need to advance (to finals),” Andrew Putnam said. “It was one of the weirdest tournaments I’ve ever played.”

His week in the Coachella Valley will have a similar feel, six rounds with one goal of finishing in the top 25 and earning a PGA Tour card. The Brothers Putnam – who have been joined this week by their dad, Dan, at PGA West – have played two practice rounds together, but Andrew said the only real advice Michael has given him is to pace himself.

“I don’t know if there is that much advice he can give me,” Andrew Putnam said. “I’ve played in a lot of big events, so I don’t know that it will be that much different.”

Maybe the only difference will come on Sunday and what could turn out to be a family celebration.