Luke Guthrie, Illinois win Big Ten titles

Backed by Luke Guthrie’s dominating medalist performance, the Illinois men’s golf team held off Indiana to win the Big Ten Championship on Sunday at the par-72 Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.

It was the Illini’s fourth straight Big Ten title and second title of the 2011-12 season (they won the D.A. Weibring Invitational in the fall).

Illinois, No. 34 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, trailed by nine shots after Round 1, but took the lead for good with a stellar second round and won despite an impressive 1-under 287 from the Hoosiers on Sunday.

Guthrie claimed his title with simple consistency, carding rounds of 72-71-67-73. Northwestern’s Sam Chien was the only other golfer under par for the tournament, while Michigan’s Matt Thompson finished six shots back in third place.

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