Guthrie wins 2nd straight, denies Lee

Midland, TX (Sports Network) - Luke Guthrie fired a 6-under 66 on Sunday to win the WNB Golf Classic and deny Danny Lee his second straight win at this event.

Guthrie, who also won in Boise last week, finished at 17-under-par 271. He has six top-10 finishes in seven starts.

"I'm just trying to ride it out. As a golfer, you go through these runs where the hole gets bigger, your mind slows down and it seems easy," Guthrie said. "The trick in golf is have more days like this than the bad ones."

Lee managed an even-par 72 to end one back at minus-16. He was joined in second place by Cameron Percy, who shot 70 in the final round.

Lee was trying to become the first player in Tour history to win the same title in back-to-back years. Instead, he became the fourth player to finish second in a title defense.

Brett Wetterich (67) and Aaron Goldberg (68) shared fourth at 15-under-par 273 at Midland Country Club.

Guthrie started with three straight birdies to get within one of the lead. Lee bogeyed the first, but got that shot back with a birdie on No. 3. Percy was one back as he birdied the second.

Percy moved in front with an eagle on the par-5 fourth. He tripped to a bogey on the sixth and joined Lee at minus-16.

Guthrie, after a bogey on the sixth, came back with birdies on seven and nine to get within one of the lead at 16-under.

Lee bogeyed No. 10, but birdied the next two holes to move to 17-under. Percy jumped into the lead at minus-18 with birdies at 12 and 14.

Lee traded a bogey for a birdie from the 13th, then dropped another stroke at 15 to slip to 16-under.

Guthrie moved to 17-under with a 22-foot birdie putt on No. 17. He got up and down for par at the last to end there.

"I misjudged the chip. Even if I hit it perfect, it was going to wind up a good five feet short," Guthrie said of his chip at the last. "There's a little ridge there and I had inside left edge. It wiggled a little bit right just before the hole, but snuck in the right side."

Percy stumbled to bogeys on 16 and 17 to fall one behind. Percy parred the last, and Lee parred the final three holes as they finished one back.

NOTES: Guthrie earned $99,000 for the win and took over the tour money lead from Casey Wittenberg...Guthrie joined Ben Kohles as back-to-back winners this year, making this the first year since 2004 that the tour has had two back-to- back winners...The tour heads to North Carolina next week for the Chiquita Classic, where Russell Knox won last year when the event was played in Ohio.

09/23 20:37:08 ET

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