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Hole-in-one helps guide A. Putnam to 67 in Rd. 3

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1991: John Daly of the USA celebrates after holing his putt on the 18th green during the US PGA Championships at the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, USA. Daly won the event with a score of 276. \ Mandatory Credit: Stephen Munday/Allsport  - 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Some bounce-backs are better than others.

Andrew Putnam jumped out to a fast start on Saturday at the Tour Championship with birdies at four of his first seven holes to move within two strokes of the lead before dumping his tee shot at the par-4 10th into a water hazard and rolling in a 6 footer for what he said was a “pretty good double (bogey).” Tour Championship: Articles, videos and photos

Putnam, whose older brother Michael won the regular-season Tour money list, quickly got those strokes back when his “punched” 3-iron tee shot at the 200-yard 11th dropped short of the hole and trickled in for a hole-in-one.

“I quickly forgot about that (the double bogey) on the next hole,” said Putnam, who finished with a 67 and is alone in fourth place just two shots off the lead. “The hole-in-one kind of got me back settled, got me back in focus.”

Putnam added a birdie at the 12th hole to complete a 6-1-3 run.