Altvater: Veteran golf pro Scott Gutschewski trying to get back to PGA TourWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
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 who 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 Web.com 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 Web.com 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 Web.com Tour this week at the Web.com Tour Championship at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. His goal is to move inside the top 25 on the Web.com money list to get back to the PGA Tour for 2013.
Camilo Benedetti is currently No. 25 on the Web.com money list with $168,941. Gutschewski is just $52,910 out of the top 25 with $116,031 in total prize money for 2012.
The Web.com Tour Championship features a total purse of $1 million with approximately $180,000 going to the winner. Based off the projected payout, Gutschewski will need a top-3 finish to regain his PGA Tour status.
With the Web.com Tour winding down and the first stages of PGA Tour Q-School beginning around the country this week, golf professionals hopefuls are getting their chances to make it to the big tour.
Regardless of how the week turns out for him, Gutschewski will have status on the Web.com Tour for 2013, assuring him a place to play and provide a living for his family.
The Web.com Tour doesn’t have the glamour and glitz of the PGA Tour, but it provides professionals like Gutschewski the opportunity to continue working on their games and working to get back to golf’s bright lights and big checks.