Luke Guthrie wins WNB Golf Classic
MIDLAND, Texas -- Luke Guthrie rallied to win the WNB Golf Classic on Sunday for his second straight Web.com Tour title, holing a 12-foot par putt on the final hole for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory.
Guthrie, the 22-year-old former University of Illinois player who turned professional this year after the NCAA tournament, had a 17-under 271 total at Midland Country Club.
Coming off a victory last week in the Boise Open, he earned $99,000 to jump from fourth to first on the money list with $382,463. The final top 25 on the list will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
Guthrie has six top-10 finishes in seven starts on the developmental tour, losing a playoff to Ben Kohles in Columbus, Ohio, and tying for third in Omaha, Neb. The two-time Big Ten champion also has earned $284,672 in three PGA Tour starts, all top-20 finishes. He tied for fifth in the John Deere Classic in July.
"I'm just trying to ride it out," said Guthrie, who plans to attend the Ryder Cup next weekend. "As a golfer you go through these runs where the hole gets bigger, your mind slows down and it seems easy. The trick in golf is have more days like this than the bad ones."
Playing in the third-to-last group, Guthrie saved par on the 470-yard finishing hole after his tee shot went through the fairway and settled among some trees that guard the left side.
"I probably should have pulled a 3-wood off the tee," he said. "And not hit driver."
Guthrie had 146 yards to hole and punched an 8-iron under the trees. The ball bounced in, then out of the front, greenside bunker and nestled in the rough. His pitch came up short, setting up the 12-footer.
"Biggest clutch putt as a professional," Guthrie said. "I misjudged the chip. Even if I hit it perfect it was going to wind up a good 5 feet short. There's a little ridge there and I had inside left edge. It wiggled a little bit right just before the hole, but snuck in the right side."
He's juggling golf with school, finishing up 13 credits for his business degree.
"I missed my flight home, so it looks like I'll miss class again tomorrow," Guthrie said. "I'm going to meet with the teacher and catch up on my homework but then head to Chicago for the weekend."
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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