Michael Putnam leads PGA Tour's OHL Classic
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Michael Putnam birdied five of the first eight holes Friday and finished with a 7-under 64 to take the lead in the PGA Tour's OHL Classic.
Putnam had a 12-under 130 total, playing the first 36 holes without a bogey on Mayakoba's El Camaleon course. He won the Web.com Tour's 2013 Mexico Championship.
"I've kept the ball in play really well," Putnam said. "It's a tight golf course and got to keep it between the trees. After that, I've hit a lot of greens and made a lot of two putts. I did make about a 10-footer for par on 16 — probably the hardest hole on the course. Other than that, it was a pretty easy bogey-free round."
Winless in 95 career PGA Tour starts, the 31-year-old former Pepperdine player birdied the par-4 18th to close his morning round.
"It's a hard hole today," Putnam said. "Driver, 6-iron into the wind and an 18-foot putt."
Shawn Stefani and Jason Bohn were a stroke back. They each shot 65.
Stefani had seven birdies and a bogey. Bohn had six birdies in his second straight bogey-free round.
Ken Duke was 10 under after a 63, the best round of the day.
The tournament is the final regular-season event of the year.
OCHOA INVITATIONAL: At Mexico City, Christina Kim shot a 3-under 69 to maintain a one-stroke lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Kim birdied the par-3 16th to take the outright lead and parred the final two holes at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico. She had a 10-under 134 total.
The 30-year-old American birdied three of the first four holes, dropped strokes on Nos. 7 and 9, and rebounded with a short birdie putt on the par-3 13th.
"It was getting a little sketchy in the middle of the round," Kim said. "I just kind of hung through it and just tried to enjoy myself and, again, tried to see if I could be the best Lorena that I could be. Overall, it was a good day. It was just very stressful."
She won the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2005.