Insider: Gutschewski's home game not a stay-cation

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A second-place finish at the Utah Championship has Scott Gutschewski on the road back to the PGA TOUR.
August 01, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

Scott Gutschewski didn't always look at the big picture back when he was starting out as a professional golfer. Nowadays, he can look at the long and winding road of the season and exhale from time to time.


That outlook has helped him in his career on the Tour and the PGA TOUR since 1999.

"Yeah, I've been at this about 13 years now," said Gutschewski, 35, who is very much looking forward to this week's Tour's Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha.

This week's Tour stop is a home game for the Omaha native, who along with his wife and three kids, have recently moved back to Omaha from Dallas, Texas.

"We've been talking about it awhile and decided to pull the trigger and do it," Gutschewski said about moving back to Nebraska. "We've moved a bunch of stuff and now we hope our house sells in Texas."

Gutschewski comes into this week's tournament playing some of his best golf of the season, and it comes at a good time. He is 21st on the Tour money list after two top-five finishes in his last five starts, including a tie for second at the Utah Championship.

On Sunday he wound up tied for 14th at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. His finish pushed him up from 29th on the money list.

"I have to be honest, I don't look all that often at where I stand on the list," Gutschewski said.

Gutschewski is very familiar with both the PGA TOUR and the Tour, where he has combined to win $2.5 million in his career. He's won twice on the Tour in his career.

"I've been getting the ball in the fairway a little more," Gutschewski said about this season. "I don't feel like I've been playing bad at all except for maybe a bad hole here and there. I haven't been able to put it together for four days, but I'm getting closer."

Last season, Gutschewski made a late run to secure his PGA TOUR card but couldn't get there. He played in 23 tournaments and made 12 cuts but wound up 189th on the FedEx Cup points list and 183rd on the money list.

He made some changes in the offseason and says they have started to pay off.

Inside THE 25
1 Casey Wittenberg $288,083
2 Paul Haley II $245,898
3 Luke List $243,246
4 Andres Gonzales $224,365
5 Lee Williams $196,180
21 Scott Gutschewski $108,459