Veteran Golfer Scott Gutschewski Is Trying to Get Back to the PGA Tour

Fred AltvaterContributor IIOctober 24, 2012

Thirteen-year veteran Scott Gutschewski is trying to get back to the PGA Tour
Thirteen-year veteran Scott Gutschewski is trying to get back to the PGA TourStephen Dunn/Getty Images

We are constantly bombarded with information about golf’s superstars, but for every Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods there are a thousand golfers like Scott Gutschewski that are just trying to make a living with their golf clubs.

A professional golfer since 1999, Gutschewski is currently ranked No. 522 in the world and No. 45 on the Tour.  He has earned $1.5 million on the PGA Tour with 16 Top 25 finishes in 111 starts.  

His two professional wins have both come on the Tour. He has 32 Top 10 finishes in 132 events and has accumulated another $1.1 million in earnings on that tour.

He will join the top 60 golfers on the Tour this week at the Tour Championship at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. His goal is to move inside the Top 25 on the money list to get back to the PGA Tour for 2013.

Camilo Benedetti is currently No. 25 on the money list with $168,941. Gutschewski is $52,910 out of the Top 25, with $116,031 in total prize money for 2012.

The Tour Championship features a total purse of $1 million with approximately $180,000 going to the winner. Based off the projected payout he will need a top-three finish to regain his PGA Tour status.

With the Tour winding down and the first stages of PGA Tour Q-School beginning around the country this week, hopeful golf professionals are getting their chance to make it to the big tour.

Regardless of how the week turns out for him, Gutschewski will have status on the Tour for 2013 assuring him of a place to play and provide a living for his family.

The Tour doesn’t have the glamour and glitz of the PGA Tour, but it provides a professional like Gutschewski an opportunity to continue working on his game to get back to golf’s bright lights and big checks.