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Recent U.S. Open qualifiers John Oda and Sahith Theegala commit to play
by Paul Ramsdell
John Oda, an early commitment to the 23rd Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), will be riding a hot hand when the amateur championship returns to Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. next month after a one-year hiatus.
Oda, a senior-to-be at Nevada-Las Vegas, topped the field at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in California, shooting a 64 at Newport Beach Country Club and a 68 at Big Canyon Country Club for an 11-under total to lead the field by two shots.
Andrew Putnam finished second in the 2010 Sahalee Players Championship, and was named the 2010 WSGA Men's Player of the Year. (file photo)
Andrew Putnam of University Place, Wash. won the Panama Claro Championship on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour title, beating Chris Baker with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
Putnam closed with a 2-under 68 to match Baker (66) at 13-under 267 at Panama Golf Club.
In 2010, Putnam finished second in the Sahalee Players Championship, held that year at The Home Course, in DuPont, Wash. He was also named the 2010 WSGA Men's Player of the Year.
Sahalee Country Club and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) are pleased to announce the return of the Sahalee Players Championship on July 5-7, 2017. The championship took a hiatus in 2016 while the club hosted the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Brooke Henderson in a playoff with Lydia Ko.
The 23rd Sahalee Players Championship (SPC) will be contested over 72 holes of stroke play, and the invitational field will consist of the top amateur golfers from around the world.
Ryan Moore of Puyallup, Wash. clinched the winning point for the United States in a 17-11 victory over Europe to cap the Americans' biggest rout in 35 years at the Ryder Cup.
The 2004 winner of the Sahalee Players Championship is just the third Northwest player to play in Ryder Cup.
Moore's come-from-behind, 1-up victory over Lee Westwood gave the cup back to this side of the Atlantic for the first time since 2008.
"I have no words right now," Moore said minutes after the win. "It was incredible to be where I was a week ago and then to go on to win the last point for the Ryder Cup, it's pretty amazing."
The Sahalee Players Championship Tournament Committee and Sahalee Country Club have announced that the Sahalee Players Championship (SPC) will not be played in 2016 due to the KPMG Women's PGA Championship being held at Sahalee on June 9-12, 2016. The SPC will return to Sahalee Country Club in 2017 and will be held during its traditionally scheduled time in the first week of July.