Born on January 31, 1990, Luke Guthrie came into this world ready to be a golfer. Son of Dennis and Cindy Guthrie, Luke took a liking to the sport as a child. Guthrie says, “At a young age, golf has always been what I love to do. I enjoy laying it on the line and competing.” That is precisely what he’s been doing. Ever since Luke picked up a golf club, he’s been making the most of his talent and ability.
While studying Business Management at the University of Illinois, Guthrie had one of the most celebrated collegiate golf careers in history. In addition to receiving multiple All-American honors, Luke was recognized as the 2012 Big 10 Player of the Year. Guthrie earned these honors by becoming a 7-time collegiate champion and notching back-to-back Big 10 Individual Championships. Luke was the first player to earn back-to-back Big 10 Individual titles since Luke Donald in 2000-01.
Guthrie did nothing but showcase his talents after turning professional. In Luke’s second professional start at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, he stunned the golf community by shooting Sunday’s low round score of 64 to move into the Top 5. Guthrie’s performance at the John Deere Classic helped relay him to Top 20 finishes in his first 3 career PGA Tour starts.
After Luke’s three successful PGA Tour starts, he turned to the Web.com Tour where he experienced the same rate of success. After losing a playoff in his first event, Luke went on to earn 6 Top 10s in his next 9 events. During that stretch, Guthrie won his first professional event at the Albertson’s Boise Open. Luke didn’t stop there. He went on to win the WNB Golf Classic the very next week to secure his PGA Tour card for 2013.
Guthrie finished the 2012 Web.com Tour season 2nd on the money list after playing only half of the season. He joins Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Justin Leonard as one of only 9 players in history to earn his PGA Tour card straight out of college without ever attending q-school.
In 2013, Luke played a full season on the PGA Tour, finishing fifth in rookie earnings, along with earning low rookie honors four times. He also placed in the top-25 six times, which was third most of all PGA Tour rookies. Guthrie continued his stellar play by accomplishing a rare feat this season: being one of only three rookies to qualify for three out of the four major championships.
When Guthrie isn’t golfing, he enjoys attending football and basketball games at the University of Illinois. Additionally, Luke is an avid Cubs and Bulls fan.