Putnams make the Web.com Tour a family affair

Putnams make the Web.com Tour a family affair
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The distance between the tenth green and 18th tee at Hillcrest was much closer than usual for a moment on Thursday. Web.com money leader Michael Putnam teeing off, while younger brother Andrew was preparing to finish his first hole of the day.

"I didn't know he was going to be there on 18. My whole family was watching him. So it was nice for them, because they could just hop over to my hole, right after his tee shot on 18," said Andrew Putnam.

"Couple times this year, I've kind of gotten caught up in that, and not really thought about my own game while I was playing. So, I did a little leaderboard watching, just for his name," added Michael Putnam.

The Putnam connection does not stop at two, Joel Putnam, eldest of four boys is Michael's caddie, cousin Greg Bodine handles Andrew's bag.

"And they're just kind of along for the ride, and able to watch their family members play on the Tour, so I think they love it," said Andrew Putnam.

For now, the pair enjoys each other's company and the media attention that comes with it at most tour stops. Each thinks he's helped make his brother better.

"I've just played travel agent for him. Just telling him where to go, what to do, what hotels to get. I think he probably appreciated that I had a little bit of experience in that area," said Michael Putnam.

"Well, I beat him in the first three tournaments, so I think I kind of got him going. He figured out really soon that he needed to play better, but he's beaten me in most tournaments since then," said Andrew Putnam.

You will only see one brother this weekend, Andrew did not make the cut at the Boise Open this year, he was right on the cut line. Michael is likely destined for the PGA Tour next year, as the number one ranked player on the money list right now. Andrew, though, isn't far behind, he ranked 34th coming into this weekend.