Silvis, Illinois – The 29-year-old journeyman, a native of North Carolina went wire to wire to notch his second career victory at the John Deere Classic. J.T Poston finished at 21 under par, a 3-stroke win for the $1.278 million first-place share, 500 points and a move from No. 66 to No. 22 in the FedExCup standings, entry into The Open Championship at St. Andrews, next year’s Masters, the PGA Championship, the Players and an exemption on tour thru 2024. Poston’s first PGA Tour win came at the 2019 Wyndham Championship in his native North Carolina.
Poston opened with a round of 62 on Thursday
Poston opened with a round of 62 on Thursday at TPC Deere Run. He began Sunday with three straight birdies to extend the three-shot lead he took to the first tee. He had a hiccup, bogeying the fifth and sixth holes to make things interesting for a bit before steadying the ship.
“Honestly, it’s just who I am,” Poston said afterward. “I know how I feel and I guess I do a good job of not showing it, but there is definitely some nerves. I’ve always been pretty level, even keel. I think that’s a strength, not getting too excited, especially today after a great start.
“I feel like it could have been easy to get real excited and start thinking about the finish line. I tried to stay one shot at a time and focused on what I had in front of me. But it’s just kind of just how I’ve always been.”
“I think I put a little more pressure on myself kind of the last couple of years, trying to get that second win and trying to be perfect again,” Poston said. “I think it took a little while for me to realize or accept that it’s OK to make a mistake as long as you limit them, and that was something that I would say I finally realized this year and tried not to be perfect, but just tried to be real solid.”
Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo finished tied for second at 18 under par.