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John Deere Classic 2022 leaderboard: JT Poston holds lead in Round 3, but challengers close gap

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The leader after rounds one and two, JT Poston will once again hold the lead overnight at the 2022 John Deere Classic. Seeing his 36-hole margin shrink from four strokes to three, the former winner of the The PGA Tour will have their work cut out for them on Sunday as they seek their first win since the 2019 Wyndham Championship.

Starting his day off right, Poston had three birdies against six par on his first nine and was in cruise control. It was only then that the 29-year-old started having some bogey troubles on the par 3 12 and par 4 15. Seeing his four-shot lead shrink to one, he hit the par 5 17 that needed a spark.

Poston got exactly that when he charged an eagle to extend his lead to three where he stands heading into the final round. At 19-under, Poston’s closest pursuers are Denny McCarthy, Scott Stallings and Emiliano Grillo at 16-under. While Stallings and Grillo have both won on the PGA Tour, McCarthy may be the biggest threat to Poston, as the University of Virginia product has consistently appeared on the leaderboards over the past month, including a couple of weeks ago. at the US Open.

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Leader

1. JT Poston (-19): Building on last week’s success into this week, Poston has simply been terrific over 54 holes at the John Deere Classic. Leading the field in strokes gained from tee to green, he ranks 10th in strokes gained off the tee, fourth in strokes gained on approach and third in strokes gained around the green. With zero faults in the current state of the game from him, Poston will be a tough guy to catch for the field on Sunday.

“It feels good,” Poston said after his 4-under 67. “Obviously the first two days I had everything working really well. I hit really good tees, irons and hit a lot of putts. And today it wasn’t that strong.” tee to green and I didn’t put it that well. Being able to shoot 4 under par, which is still very solid today, gives me some confidence for tomorrow. I hope to hit him better, but if I don’t, I still have the ability to shoot a decent number.”

other contenders

T2. Denny McCarthy, Emiliano Grillo and Scott Stallings (-16)

5. Callum Tarren (-15)

T6. Bo Hoag and Chris Naegel (-14)

T8. Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Matthias Schwab (-13)

There have already been discussions about McCarthy, so let’s turn the conversation to Stallings. Despite some major inconsistencies in his game, whenever the 37-year-old plays on the weekend, he tends to position himself in contention. This week is no different, as he has a realistic shot at his first PGA Tour win since the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open. Stallings came to TPC Deere Run having finished in the top 10 at the Travelers Championship and been in the mix all the way at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

“I have no idea what tomorrow holds,” Stallings said. “I know I have some things that I can control and manage expectations, I understand, but I showed up here Tuesday morning and I said to my caddy, if we’re here for more than just a chance to win on Sunday, then.” We don’t need to be here. You know, that was my mindset going in. I’ve played a lot of golf this week, and obviously had a great Sunday last week to build some momentum. here. We look forward to the opportunity.”

Bo Hoag makes the most of moving day

We are officially in the latter stages of the 2021-22 season and Hoag is watching from the outside when it comes to the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Entering week 231 in the season-long run, Hoag’s last cut on the PGA Tour came more than three months ago at the Corales Puntacana Championship. With a blistering 8-under 63 on Saturday, Hoag is tied for seventh in the John Deere Classic and is now projected to jump into the top 200 of the FedEx Cup standings.

“You’re nine back and I don’t think the leaders will come back, so you have to put up a good number and try to get into the mix for Sunday,” Hoag said. “I have nothing to lose. I haven’t been playing that well coming here, and just trying to, yeah, shoot a couple of good rounds and prove to myself that I can play well for a week… It’s been a little tough.” . I haven’t had the results in the last few months, but I still believe that I’m a good player and I know what I’m capable of, so I just believe in that.”

Updated 2022 John Deere Classic Odds and Forecasts

  • JT Poston: 1/1
  • Denny McCarthy: 5-1
  • Scott Stallings: 2/11
  • Emiliano Grillo: 7-1
  • Callum Tarren: 16-1
  • Chris Naegel: 40-1
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout: 40-1
  • Matthias Schwab: 50-1
  • Bo Hoag: 50-1
  • Maverick McNealy: 65-1
  • Cam Davis: 65-1

There’s nothing to suggest Poston can’t wrap this up on Sunday and 1/1 is pretty generous based on my numbers. It’s not the sexiest bet, but it may be the right one as he has a three-beat lead and all the confidence in the world. If I’m looking for a bet with a juicier touch, McCarthy at 5-1 would be my pick, as he closed out strong in both the Memorial Tournament and US Open and leans heavily toward his first PGA Tour victory.

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