Poston holds on for wire-to-wire victory
July 04 2022 11:16 PM
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JT Poston is presented his trophy by tournament chair Patrick Eikenberry after winning the John Deer
JT Poston is presented his trophy by tournament chair Patrick Eikenberry after winning the John Deere Classic golf tournament in Silvis, Illinois. (USA TODAY Sports)

AFP/ Silvis, Illinois

• The American not only wins his second career PGA Tour title and the $1.27mn prize, but also qualifies for the Open Championship

JT Poston’s 2-under-par 69 in Sunday’s final round was enough to secure a three-shot win at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Poston led wire to wire at TPC Deere Run after opening the week with a 9-under 62. He finished at 21-under 263, three better than Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa and Emiliano Grillo of Argentina.
Poston not only won his second career PGA Tour title and the accompanying $1.27mn prize, but also qualified for this month’s Open Championship at St Andrews in Scotland.
Both Bezuidenhout and Grillo also qualified for the Open with their top-three finishes.
“I can’t wait. I’ve always wanted to play in an Open Championship, and this will be my first one,” Poston said. “So for it to be at St Andrews and the 150th is pretty special, and pretty hard to draw it up any better than that.”
Poston slept on a three-shot lead and got off to a hot start with three straight birdies, including a long putt from the fringe at the par-3 third. He left the door cracked open, though, when he posted consecutive bogeys at the par-4 fifth and sixth holes.
He held firm at 20 under by saving 10 straight pars before adding a birdie at the par-5 17th. It marked just the third wire-to-wire win at the John Deere.
“Any time you have the lead it’s just tough to play with the lead,” Poston said.
“There is just a little bit of added pressure. Wire to wire, pretty much having the lead from Thursday on, I told all the media after every round that I was just trying to stick to my game plan and I wasn’t going to think about it. The truth is it’s hard not to think about the finish line and what comes with it, all that comes with getting a win out here.”
Grillo got as low as 19 under before bogeying the 12th and 14th holes to drop further back.
He matched Poston’s 69.
Bezuidenhout birdied three of his final five holes to finish off a bogey-free 66 and grab the other qualifying position.
“Definitely a confidence booster,” Bezuidenhout said of the T2, his best career finish.
“I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the last week, especially my golf swing and just overall my game, my fitness. My trainer is here as well. We’ve been doing a lot of good things over the last few months, so it’s nice to see the results coming through and the hard work is paying off.”
Christopher Gotterup (bogey-free 66) and Scott Stallings (70) tied for fourth at 17 under. Gotterup, a rookie making his fourth start as a professional, birdied each of his final three holes.
“Yeah, just more validation that I do belong out here,” Gotterup said. “And honestly, I didn’t have my greatest stuff this week.
“Hit it amazing, but just putted pretty poorly until coming down the stretch. So, yeah, you pick up things along the way.”
 
Leading final-round scores on Sunday at the US PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois (USA unless noted, par-71):
263 - JT Poston 62-65-67-69
266 - Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) 69-65-66-66, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 68-64-65-69
267 - Christopher Gotterup 65-67-69-66, Scott Stallings 67-66-64-70
268 - Callum Tarren (ENG) 68-65-65-70, Denny McCarthy 66-65-66-71
269 - Maverick McNealy 70-63-68-68, Cam Davis (AUS) 68-68-65-68
270 - Patrick Flavin 70-66-68-66, Chesson Hadley 67-69-67-67, Michael Gligic (CAN) 64-69-68-69
271 - Charles Howell 68-67-68-68, Adam Long 70-67-66-68, Mark Hubbard 67-67-68-69



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