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Ready to Roll: Guthrie in search of some magic at Merion

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Luke Guthrie tees off just before 1 p.m. CST on Thursday in the first round of the 113th U.S. Open. Luke Guthrie tees off just before 1 p.m. CST on Thursday in the first round of the 113th U.S. Open.

ARDMORE, Pa. (WGEM) -- He's considered a rookie on the PGA Tour. However, Luke Guthrie is anything but a first timer.

Over the last year the Quincy native has played 22 times on the PGA Tour and racked up more than $1 million in earnings.

But he's never teed it up at a major championship.

That all changes on Thursday afternoon.

"It's my first major, first U.S. Open, and national title. I can't wait to start. I can't wait for Thursday," Guthrie said.

As Guthrie gears up for what will be his first ever U.S. Open appearance at Merion near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the knee buckling pressure that coincides, he's given himself some room to breathe.

Especially when it comes to understanding the sheer magnitude of playing in one of golf's most prestigious events.

"Even way back when you sit there and replay it so much, Tom Watson chipping in at 17 at (to win the 1982 U.S. Open). I actually got to meet him (Tuesday) and that's a dream come true to meet a legend like that," Guthrie explained. 

"There's just so many moments already this week that have been very unique and special. I can't even imagine what's going to happen come Thursday through Sunday."

Last week's visit to the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic marked Guthrie's first anniversary since his PGA Tour debut in Memphis.

21 PGA Tour tournaments later and he's playing for a national championship.

"If you would have told me I'd be on the PGA Tour, a two time winner on the (Web.com Tour), and playing in a U.S. Open a year later I'd say, 'Are you serious,'" he admitted.

Guthrie's stint on the PGA Tour isn't short term.

He's ranked 71st in the world, 55th in the Fed Ex Cup points standings, and his Tour status for 2014 looks more and more out of harm's way.

And that's good news for someone who's not ready to give up his day job.

"This is where I've wanted to be ever since I was a kid. This is what I do, play golf, and this is what I want to do for my life," he said. 

"It's super cool to be out here so early in my career and I'm enjoying it."

Guthrie adds that he's not taking anything for granted.

He will tee off just before 1 p.m. alongside Joe Ogilvie and Kyle Stanley.

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