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There are few talents that can truly take the PGA Tour by storm in 2013. Luke Guthrie is on the short list that has the chance to be one of these "game-changers," so to speak.
Over the past year, the Fighting Illini graduate has played with remarkable poise in his first professional season, finishing with three PGA Tour Top 20s over the summer and back-to-back Web.com Tour victories in September.
Focusing on his three PGA Tour top-20 finishes in his first three PGA Tour starts, we can see something truly special.
Guthrie posted a T19 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic before finishing tied for fifth in July's John Deere Classic, where he finished the tournament at 16 under par, four shots off victor Zach Johnson. After his T18 finish in the True South Classic one week later, Guthrie amassed close to $250,000 by the time August rolled around.
On the statistical front, there aren't any glaring weaknesses to Guthrie's game, and he dominated his peers on the greens, finishing first on the Web.com Tour in putts per round (28.0) and first in putting average (1.67). Even more impressive, Guthrie led the Web.com Tour in scoring average and all-around ranking.
Want even more evidence of Guthrie's potential to become a household name next year?
Consider these statistics: In the 2012 Web.com Tour season, Guthrie finished second on the money list ($410K) and tied for first in victories (2), while playing in only 10 tournaments. Out of the money list's top-five finishers, the next least-active golfer played in 24 tournaments. That's Tiger-like efficiency.