Guthrie wins first pro title, earns Tour card
Sunday, September 16, 2012
BOISE, Idaho -- Luke Guthrie couldn't have scripted a better start to his professional career, with the former Illinois All-American picking up four top-10 finishes in five starts on the Web.com Tour.
Make that five. And he's now a champion too.
Guthrie picked up his first professional title on Sunday after an incredible weekend at the Albertsons Boise Open, firing a 9-under 62 on Saturday and posting a 6-under 65 on Sunday to clear Richard H. Lee by four shots and take home the $130,500 first-place check.
He also earned his PGA Tour card for 2013 with the victory.
Guthrie is now a contender for the season-long money title on the Web.com Tour, making $283,463 in only six starts on the tour. He's also made $284,672 in three starts on the PGA Tour.
Guthrie is also working toward his degree at Illinois, staying with his brother Zach when he has to be in town for class.
Oregon coach Casey Martin - who missed the U.S. Open cut by a single shot in June - made the cut and finished 15 shots behind Guthrie.