JT Poston completed a wire-to-wire victory on Sunday in the John Deere Classic for his second PGA Tour title and a place in the British Open.
Three strokes ahead as he entered the day at the TPC Deere Run, Poston closed with a 2-under 69 for a three-time margin over his fellow British Open qualifiers Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo.
“It’s hard,” Poston said. “Fire the cable, have the lead for so long it’s hard not to think about that fine line all week. I tried to follow the game plan.”
Poston finished with 21 under 263. He opened with rounds of 62, 65 and 67.
Bezuidenhout shot a 66, and Grillo had a 69.
“I just knew I needed a solid week,” Grillo said. “I just needed to play well and move up the standings and have a job for next year. That was more important to me than going to the Open. Now I have both, so it’s very special.”
Christopher Gotterup, the former Rutgers player on the field with a sponsor exemption, had a 66 to tie for fourth place with 17 less with Scott Stallings (70).
“Just more validation than I belong here,” Gotterup said. “And honestly, I didn’t have my best material this week. I hit it up incredibly, but you just did it pretty badly until you got to the stretch.”
Poston made birds in the first three holes, bogeyed numbers 5 and 6 and stopped the next 10. He made a 4-foot birdie on par-5 on the 17th and stopped on the 18th.
“I was just trying to breathe,” Poston said. “I was really. I think there were a lot of nerves, a lot more than the first few days. I was just fighting for them. I think after today, after this week, I want to know that I can play with those nerves and I can still win, still throwing a solid marker considering the pressure and trying to win here “.
The 29-year-old from Hickory, North Carolina, won a week after tying second in Connecticut in the Passenger Championship. He also won the 2019 Wyndham Championship.
The British Open is from 14 to 17 July at the Old Course in St. Andrews.
“I can’t wait,” Poston said. “I’ve always wanted to play on one of those anywhere, but the first one to be in St. Andrews and at 150, I can’t wait to get there and see how it is.”
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JT Poston goes cable to cable in John Deere Classic
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