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John Deere Classic 2022 Leaderboard, Qualifications: JT Poston Goes Wire to Wire for Second PGA Tour Win

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From start to finish, JT Poston was the clear class of the field at the 2022 John Deere Classic as he scored his second PGA Tour win on Sunday. By becoming the third player in tournament history to successfully go from wire to wire, Poston was able to carry last week’s momentum from TPC River Highlands to TPC Deere Run.

Finishing runner-up in the Travelers Championship, Poston opened his John Deere Classic in ideal fashion with a tune of 9-under 62. Without looking back, the 29-year-old shot rounds of 65-67-69 to finish on 21-under and three blows ahead of his closest pursuers, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo.

Despite holding a three-shot lead going into the final round and winning by that margin, there were some tough moments in his first nine. After shooting out with three straight birdies, Poston began to get watered down as he bogeyed back-to-back on the fifth and sixth holes.

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It was a testy par-save on the par-3 seventh that steadied the ship, as he would go on to make nine straight pars, forcing other players to attack the pins, while he sailed. Poston added another birdie on the par-5 17th as a safety measure and extended his lead as far as the day began.

Poston was cool, calm and collected, unblinking in the face of adversity. Seeing his lead shrink to just one shot in the inside nine, he stood his ground and, as a reward for his hard work, he will appear on the PGA Tour for years to come. He will not only win entry to tournaments like the Masters and Players Championship, but also the Open 150 in just two weeks. Ranked 112th in the FedEx Cup just 14 days ago, Poston now sits 22nd in all-season running and among the titans of the game. Grade: A+

Here’s the breakdown of the rest of the standings at the 2022 John Deere Classic

T2. Emiliano Grillo (-18): It has been a difficult season for the Argentine as he missed 12 cuts in 23 starts. However, when you look at it more closely, Cricket has now made six of his last seven cuts and has put in some quality showings at the RBC Canadian Open and Memorial Tournament. He was able to cut Poston’s lead to one shot on the back nine, but his inexplicable bogey on the short par-4 14th will be seen as the cause of his shortcomings. As a consolation prize, Grillo moves up 62 places in the FedEx Cup standings to No. 85 and booked his ticket to the 150th Open at St. Andrews. Grade A

T4. Chris Gotterup (-17): The Haskins Award winner was fantastic on his John Deere Classic debut. Entering the tournament through the sponsors’ exemption, Gotterup wrote a letter to the tournament committee and his request was granted. This result puts him in the finals of the Korn Ferry Tour and he almost did the same for the Open Championship, as the top three finishers in the top 10 booked their trips to St. Andrews. While Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau began their careers with wins at TPC Deere Run, Gotterup has done the same, albeit without the hardware to prove it.

“Yeah, just one more confirmation that I belong here,” Gotterup said. “And honestly, I didn’t have my best stuff this week. I hit amazing, but I did pretty poorly until I got down the stretch. So yeah, you learn stuff along the way. Yeah, I’m drawing from my experiences as Puerto Rico, and the last couple. Grade A

T6. Denny McCarthy (-16): It felt like the perfect storm for McCarthy to start the week, but it wasn’t meant to be in the end. A member of the penultimate group on Sunday, the University of Virginia product took the wrong direction early in his round and is likely getting some flak for doing so. Despite the recent disappointment, McCarthy is still in the midst of the best season of his career and has rebounded nicely from a failed cut at the Travelers Championship. He often describes himself as a “pinwheel” so while he has proven himself capable of competing at these birdie fests, his top 10 finishes at the Memorial Tournament and the US Open may suggest that his first victory came on a more difficult golf course. Grade: B+

T16. Sahith Theegala (-12): He nearly missed the cut, but showed some resolve after opening his John Deere Classic with a 3-over-74. Going back-to-back rounds of 65 and capping off his week with a 68, Theegala climbed into the top 20 by the end of the tournament. With this effort, the Rookie of the Year candidate has now made 11 straight cuts on his own with his last omission of the weekend at the Players Championship in March. While it can occasionally be volatile, these peaks and valleys have a way of smoothing out over the course of a tournament. Twice on the podium in 2022, including a runner-up at the Travelers Championship, it’s only a matter of time before Theegala notches his first PGA Tour victory. Grade B

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