By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
PLANO, Texas — Be forewarned, British golf fans.
The Guthries are coming.
Quincy native Luke Guthrie earned an invitation to his first major tournament Monday, surviving a four-person playoff during a 36-hole British Open qualifier on the Queens Course at Gleneagles Country Club.
The PGA Tour rookie posted a 4-under 136, which left him in a four-way tie for sixth place.
With only the top eight finishers receiving a spot in the 156-player Open Championship field, they were forced to play off for three spots.
They started on the par-3 17th, a 190-yard hole playing into the wind. Guthrie bogeyed the hole during the second round and nearly found the water with his tee shot during the playoff.
Choosing to hit a 7-iron, Guthrie left his shot short of the green and actually had to stand on a railroad tie to hit his second shot.
He found the green, but left himself with a testy 4-footer for par.
After Andres Echvarria missed the green with a 6-iron long off the tee and ended up taking bogey, Guthrie ended the suspense by sinking the par putt.
Guthrie joined BUd Cauley and Robert Karlsson in making par on the 17th and eliminating Echvarria.
Moments after the playoff ended, Guthrie's brother and caddie, Zach, posted to Twitter, "Playoff complete. ... Going to be heading to the Open Championship in July!"
The Open Championship will be played July 18-21 at Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland.
Guthrie took advantage of an early tee time to move up the leaderboard, posting a 5-under 65 in the morning round that left in second place and one stroke behind Josh Teater.
Guthrie had five birdies and no bogeys over his opening 18 holes.
Starting the second round on the back nine, Guthrie birdied No. 10 and briefly held the lead outright at 6-under. A bogey at the par-4 12th knocked him out of the lead, and three straight bogeys on Nos. 16-18 knocked him out of the top 10.
However, Guthrie rallied. Birdies on the par-3 fourth and the par-4 sixth — he birdied both holes in both rounds — got him back to 4-under.
Guthrie went to clubhouse tied for fifth, with about half of the field still on the course. Movement on the leaderboard pushed him down one spot and into the playoff.
Guthrie is in Texas all week as he plans to participate in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.