Garrett Gurthie, the backhand bomber out of Gainesville, FL has been playing disc golf for a very long time. His PDGA number is #13864 from when he first signed up in the 90s. Double G, as he is affectionately known, was a known entity in the sport until taking a hiatus from touring for the last few years. Now he's back and he hasn't missed a beat. He doubled down, andplayed every single Pro Tour Event across the country to maximize his scoring potential. With four top ten finishes, he secured himself a Bye to the Semifinals.
The difference between Garrett's sixth-place finish this year and catching the next two players ahead of him was less than 30 points. Five finishes outside the top 20 (the worst 2 of those are dropped for a total of seven scores) held him back. Likely he's just getting reacquainted with touring though and the ups and downs of his season will mellow out as he gets comfortable again. He's clearly comfortable under pressure, just check out the 7 hole birdie-fest he put on in the final round of the Jonesboro Open to secure sole possession of second place:
If you didn't already know, Gurthie throw's a country mile and then some. And don't expect it to look like he's ripping them as hard as he can. Instead, it looks more like he's playing catch with a lid…that then flies over 450' on a hyzer. That's where Garrett scores his birdies - from the tee. He's a thrower for sure and if he could just get his putts to land a little more we would probably have seen a win or two from him. At Jonesboro, he missed 5 putts inside the circle to finish 4 throws behind Ricky. The same was true at WACO just weeks before. 5 misses inside, 4 off the lead. At SFO he missed 4 and finished only 5 off. And then at Ledgestone he missed 9 but finished 7 off of the winner. Those rounds were all his best rounds putting. In his deeper finishes outside the top ten, his putting percentage drops as low as 84% inside Circle 1 which just can't cut it with the parity in the men's field right now. Check out his season stats:
He's playing strong on those throwing stat's up top, but the rankings on his bottom stats tell the story of what's holding him back from finishing on top of the podium. Fortunately for him, Florida has great weather year-round to keep working on his game after the 2018 season wraps up. For now, Gurthie just needs to stay focused on making something out of the Bye he earned himself. The New World Disc Golf Course in Jacksonville, FL should play to Garrett's strengths though. Situated on a ball golf course there are plenty of ample fairways for Double G to smash. As if that wasn't enough to make him a favorite, he's playing less than two hours from his hometown so you know there will be a big Garrett Gurthie fan presence amongst those lucky enough to make it out to spectate.
If you aren’t good enough to have earned yourself an invite to play, and you can’t make it down in person, fear not. We will be providing live and post-round coverage of the entire event so you don’t have to miss a second of the action. We’ll keep these preview articles rolling from now right up till the first round on October 18th. Until then, get practicing because it’s final season across the country right now and dedication to the sport is the way to the top.
This article written by DGPT Editor & Writer Zach Podhorzer.
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