By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Here’s a nice way to start off each of your first two TOUR seasons: playing alongside your college roommate. That’s been the case for former University of Illinois All-Americans Luke Guthrie and Scott Langley.
They were paired in the first two rounds of the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii, and played together again Thursday at CordeValle. Guthrie got the best of Langley on Thursday, shooting 69 to Langley's 71 in the first group off at CordeValle. Guthrie was in the top 10 when he completed Thursday's round.
“He got me back today,” joked Langley, who opened the Sony with 62-66, 19 shots better than Guthrie, who missed the cut that week. Langley finished third at the Sony Open; the third member of their group, Russell Henley, won the event.
They were together this past weekend, as well, as Guthrie attended Langley’s wedding Saturday in Santa Barbara, just a few hours south on the California coast. They both have busy falls ahead of them. Langley also is playing next week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, McGladrey Classic and OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Guthrie is playing those events, as well as the European Tour’s BMW Masters in Shanghai.
One topic of discussion on the course Thursday: their alma mater’s success on the golf course. The Illini, coached by former PGA TOUR player Mike Small, are on quite a tear. Guthrie's caddie and brother, Zach, was Illinois' assistant coach before becoming Luke's caddie at the start of 2013.
Illinois was runner-up to Alabama at the 2013 NCAA Championship. The team has won its past two events by a combined 58 shots. Guthrie, who still lives in Champaign, Ill., said he played with the team during his break between seasons. Brian Campbell broke Langley’s school 54-hole record en route to victory at the MacDonald Cup this past weekend. The team won that event by 25 shots.
“I played some of the guys at Illinois, and they’re playing obviously really well,” Guthrie said. “I was getting my butt kicked for a while.”