Guthrie wins second consecutive title

Luke Guthrie
Luke Guthrie ( Getty Images )

Monday, September 24, 2012

Luke Guthrie won his second consecutive Tour event Sunday at the WNB Golf Classic, shooting 17-under 271 to finish one shot ahead of Cameron Percy and defending champion Danny Lee.

Guthrie now leads the tour's money list, in spite of not turning pro until after the NCAA Championship in June and not making his Tour debut until the last week of July. Guthrie, who also won last week's Albertsons Boise Open, has finished in the top-3 in four of seven Tour starts, and finished in the top-10 in all but one start on the circuit.

Guthrie, who had a hole-in-one in the tournament's second round, started the final round in fifth place, five shots back of Lee. Guthrie birdied his first three holes Sunday en route to a final-round 66, Lee shot 72. Percy bogeyed Nos. 16 and 17 to finish a shot back.

"I'm just trying to ride it out," said Guthrie. "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."

Brett Wetterich and Aaron Goldberg tied for fourth, two shots back. Monday qualifier Morgan Hoffmann shot a final-round 74 to fall from second to sixth, but the finish was enough for Hoffmann to earn special temporary membership on tour. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.