By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- Luke Guthrie's good play this week at TPC Summerlin proved an important point. An overly-ambitious schedule, not technical faults, were to blame for his poor finish to the 2013 season. Guthrie shot 64 on Sunday at TPC Summerlin -- his second 64 of the week -- and was in second place when he completed play at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where the field was futilely trying to catch Webb Simpson.
Guthrie played 27 events in the abbreviated 2013 season, finishing a career-best third at The Honda Classic. He missed the cut in six of his final seven events of the 2013 season after a promising start to his rookie season; he finished in the top 30 in six of his first eight starts.
He had more than a month off after the Deutsche Bank Championship, and has returned to make his first two cuts of the season. He finished 40th at last week's Frys.com Open.
"It shows me that my scheduling, which I thought might have caused my bad play, this legitimizes it a little bit," Guthrie said about his play at the Shriners. "I think I played too much and started struggling. What can I take from that, is that if I schedule correctly and take my time, and maybe just play three in a row maximum, I can have a good, steady year."
This was Guthrie's fourth top-10 finish in 33 TOUR starts, and matched the second-best finish of his career. He also tied for fifth at the 2012 John Deere Classic in just his second TOUR start as a pro.
Guthrie is playing next week's BMW Masters in Shanghai, China, on the European Tour after not getting into the CIMB Classic. He's also playing the McGladrey Classic and OHL Classic at Mayakoba, the final two TOUR events of 2013.