Luke Guthrie has to be leaving the goings-on at the Honda Classic this week. Rory McIlroy quitting in the middle of a hole, Tiger Woods barely making the cut and Camilo Villegas going from first round leader to not playing over the weekend all mean that nobody is talking about Guthrie taking a one shot lead into the weekend.
Guthrie fired a seven under par 63 on Thursday to move to nine under over the first two days. That was good enough for a one shot lead over Michael Thompson and a two shot lead over both Boo Weekley and Graham DeLaet. What made Guthrie’s second round card even more impressive is the fact that there wasn’t a single blemish on it; he had seven birdies and 11 pars on the day. He’s also playing the dreaded “Bear Trap” at even par through two days.
The youngster out of Illinois turned pro last year and in four events in 2012, he made the cut three times and finished in the top 25 in all of those events, including one top 10 finish at the John Deere Classic, where he came in fifth. He’s putting together a solid 2013 season thus far as well, with two top 25 finishes in six events. If he can hang on and not implode over the weekend, he’s likely to finish at least in the top 10 once again.
It’s not going to be a walk in the park for Guthrie to pick up his first career PGA Tour win this week. There are a number of very good golfers not far off of the lead, and if they can make a run on Saturday they’ll put themselves in a prime spot to contend in the final round.