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WiretoWire: J.T. Poston shows nerves of steel at John Deere Classic

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Wire To Wire

    Written by Staff @PGATOUR

    J.T. Poston wins at John Deere

    J.T. Poston was nervous and who could blame him. After all, he had held the lead after all three rounds entering Sunday at the John Deere Classic and expectations were high for him to win. But when his competitors began charging in the final round, he channeled the nervousness into a lazer-sharp focus. Poston, 29, shot a 2-under 69 for a three-shot victory at TPC Deere Run and became the first player to record a wire-to-wire win at the John Deere Classic since David Frost in 1992. “Wire to wire, having the lead for that long, it’s hard not to think about it and think about that finish line all week,” Poston said. “We got off to a great start and then I kind of started to give some back. But I hit a lot of great shots down the stretch.” It marked Poston’s second win on TOUR after having won the Wyndham Championship during the 2018-19 season. He also opened the week with a 9-under 62 after shooting 62 in Round 1 of last week’s Travelers Championship. Poston became the first player on record (since 1983) to open consecutive TOUR events with a 62 or better. “I was just trying to breathe,” Poston said. “There were a lot of nerves, a lot more than the first few days. I was just trying to battle through them. I think after this week, I feel like I know I can play with those nerves and still win and still score.” With the win, Poston is now fully exempt on TOUR through 2024 and he earned spots in this year’s The Open Championship and the 2023 PLAYERS Championship, Masters and PGA Championship. His 500 FedExCup points also moved him from No. 66 to No. 22 in the standings.

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    “I want to thank you for your consideration and assure you that if I were fortunate enough to receive an exemption, I would make you and the tournament proud” - An excerpt from Christopher Gotterup's letter to tournament director Clair Peterson asking for a sponsor's exemption into the John Deere Classic. Gotterup would finish T4.


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    2 - Players who have won in wire-to-wire fashion this season. Poston became the second to do so after Joaquin Niemann accomplished the feat at The Genesis Invitational.


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    7.Cameron Smith1,671
    8.Xander Schauffele
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