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Guthrie returns to the John Deere Classic, calls tournament his fifth major

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Quincy's Luke Guthrie takes aim at his first PGA Tour win at TPC Deere Run this week, the same course where he finished tied for fifth place a year ago. Quincy's Luke Guthrie takes aim at his first PGA Tour win at TPC Deere Run this week, the same course where he finished tied for fifth place a year ago.

SILVIS, Ill. (WGEM) -- Luke Guthrie might be nearly 200 miles from Quincy but he feels right at home at the John Deere Classic.

That's especially true after a dazzling debut last year when he finished tied for fifth place to help kick start his PGA Tour career.

Guthrie is back in the Quad Cities this week and in search of his first win on golf's predominant stage.

He's made 13 cuts in 21 tournaments played this season, with six Top 25 finishes and a pair of Top 10's.

With that said a victory Sunday on a course designed by Quincy's own D.A. Weibring would be icing on the cake.

"This one's obviously going to be special throughout my career and it's going to be my fifth major (tournament)," Guthrie said following his Tuesday morning practice round. 

"I've been looking forward to this all year. I'm glad to be back and I have good vibes, and good memories are coming out during the practice rounds. I'm hoping to recreate those and maybe a couple better."

His older brother, and caddie, Zach Guthrie says Luke's game is right where it needs to be.

"He's been working really hard on ball striking and his short game too. Watching him hit balls on the range he looks really, really good," Zach indicated. 

"The trick is once the gun goes off and you're in the tournament you have to get the ball rolling."

Guthrie's first round begins at 8:10 a.m. Thursday on the 10th tee.

He will play alongside Jordan Speith and Ryo Ishikawa.

Coming up Tuesday on WGEM News at 6 -- how the Guthrie brothers have come a long way in a short time since last year's John Deere Classic.

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