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‘It’s no enjoyable to be dangerous at your job:’ Professional recounts lacking 23 straight cuts
Luke Guthrie, minutes after enjoying by means of rain, unseasonable 50-degree temps, and brisk winds off Lake Michigan, was requested how he’d de-ice. “Perhaps some Giordano’s tonight,” he mentioned. “Good deep dish pizza sounds proper on a day like at this time.” The Korn Ferry Tour is enjoying its Evans Students Invitational this weekend simply north of Chicago, and nothing could heat the thoughts, physique, and soul there higher than a thick crust, a pound of cheese, and wealthy sauce and toppings.
Nonetheless, Guthrie would spend his Friday night time, it’d be in contrast to another Friday night time he’s had since a Friday night time final February.
He additionally had plans for Saturday. And Sunday.
On Feb. 14, 2020, Guthrie made the reduction on the LECOM Suncoast Traditional. He completed thirty second and gained $3,690. Then he didn’t make the weekend on the finish of the month on the El Bosque Mexico Championship. Then, after the tour resumed in June after its pandemic pause, he missed the reduce on the Korn Ferry Problem. And on the King & Bear Traditional.
And for the subsequent 20 tournaments after that. Till he didn’t. On Friday, on the leaderboards on the Glen Membership, there was the reduced line, at 2 over. And there was Guthrie, at even par. He had made a reduction for the primary time in 23 tournaments.
Afterward, a Korn Ferry Tour official started a query with: “I do know it’s been a wrestle …”
“Yeah, to say the least,” Guthrie mentioned.
However, how are you feeling, Luke?
His reply was as deep as his pizza crust.
“It’s been by far probably the most troublesome time in golf, the least quantity of enjoyable in golf I’ve had in my entire life,” Guthrie mentioned. “It’s been robust. Feeling shut, folks telling you you’re shut, it’s proper across the nook, and also you simply hold taking pictures the identical rating each day. And it’s not for a scarcity of onerous work. The toughest factor about this recreation is you bought to be dedicated to one thing. You bought to decide to one thing. It doesn’t essentially imply that you simply’re going to have outcomes that subsequent day, and it’s uncommon that you simply do. And it’s so onerous once you’re struggling with this diploma. it’s a course of and you bought to decide to one thing and provides it time after which once you’re not seeing outcomes, you begin asking questions and stuff.
“No, it feels superb. It feels superb to have the ability to tee it up tomorrow. Hoping this sort of frees me up as a result of, truthfully, as dangerous because it’s been, I don’t shoot excessive scores; I simply hold taking pictures one over to at least one below each spherical. And that’s been probably the most irritating factor. And the final three weeks, I’ve been hitting plenty of good golf photographs, beginning to hit higher putts, and there are loads that I can clear up, nevertheless it simply felt just like the tide was turning just a little bit.”
It’s been by far probably the most troublesome time in golf, the least quantity of enjoyable in golf I’ve had in my entire life.
Guthrie was correct over his frustration — over the 23 tournaments, he’s averaged 72.7 strokes per spherical, or one over to at least one below. He was one below on Thursday and Friday, too, however this week, that tied him for twelfth.
How’d he get by means of the previous year-plus?
“My spouse, Kaitlyn, has simply inspired me each step of the best way,” he mentioned. “Been there for each low second that it’s been currently. Like once you persuade yourself that that is going to be the day, you already know each day, and I’m going to get off the schneid, and it simply stored constructing and constructing and it simply turned its personal little animal sort of factor.
“She was there each step of the best way and simply — life’s been nice, that’s the most effective half. If this was me a decade in the past the place golf outlined me just a little extra — if I had a nasty day on the course, then I wasn’t joyful until I had a very good day nearly. I confidently say that’s not the case. I used to be nonetheless a contented particular person besides it’s no enjoyable to be dangerous at your job sort of factor, and it wasn’t out right here. However my spouse was there, simply my household, my buddies, simply getting plenty of texts each week, simply, that is it, you bought it, come on. Simply sort of reminding me of a few of the outdated stuff that I’ve accomplished and completed.”