John Deere Classic 2022 standings, grades: JT Poston goes from wire to wire to claim second PGA Tour victory

From start to finish, JT Poston was the undisputed class of the pack at the 2022 John Deere Classic as he picked up his second PGA Tour victory on Sunday. Becoming the third player in tournament history to complete the wire-to-wire, Poston was able to continue last week’s momentum from TPC River Highlands at the TPC Deere Run.

Finishing second in the Travelers Championship, Poston opened up his John Deere Classic in ideal fashion at 9 under 62. Never looking back, the 29-year-old then signed for rounds of 65-67-69 to finish 21 under and three shots ahead of closest pursuers Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo.

Although he had a three-stroke lead heading into the final round and won by said margin, there were a few tough moments in his front nine. After shooting out of the gates with three straight birdies, Poston began to take on water when he made back-to-back bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes.

It was a nerve-wracking save on the par-3 seventh that stabilized the ship as he would go on to make nine straight pars, forcing other players to attack the pins, as he advanced. Poston added another birdie on the par-5 17th for a safety measure and extended his lead where he started the day.

Poston was cool, calm and collected, never blinking in the face of adversity. Seeing his lead shrink to a single stroke on the inside nine, he remained steadfast and, as a reward for his hard work, will be on the PGA Tour for years to come. Not only will he be competing in tournaments such as the Masters and Players Championship, but also the 150th Open in just two weeks. Ranked 112th in the FedEx Cup just 14 days ago, Poston now finds himself 22nd in the race of the season and among the titans of the game. Rating: A+

Here is the breakdown of the rest of the standings at the John Deere Classic 2022

T2. Emiliano Grillo (-18): It’s been a tough season for the Argentine as he missed 12 cups in 23 starts. However, when you look closer, Grillo has now made six of his last seven cuts and had some quality performances at the RBC Canadian Open and the Memorial Tournament. He managed to reduce Poston’s lead to one stroke on the back nine, but his inexplicable bogey on the par-4 14 court will be seen as the cause of his shortcomings. As a consolation prize, Grillo moved up 62 spots in the FedEx Cup standings to No. 85 and clinched his ticket to the 150th Open at St. Andrews. Rating: A

T4. Chris Gotterup (-17): The Haskins award winner was fantastic on his John Deere Classic debut. Entering the tournament via sponsor exemption, Gotterup wrote a letter to the tournament committee and secured their request. The result puts him in the Korn Ferry Tour final and nearly did the same for The Open Championship as the top three finishers booked their trips to St. Andrews. While Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau started their careers with victories at the TPC Deere Run, Gotterup did the same but without the gear to show it.

“Yeah, just more validation that I belong here,” Gotterup said. “And honestly, I haven’t had my best stuff this week. It’s amazing, but I just put on badly until the end. So, yeah, you take things along the way. Yeah, I draws on my experiences as Puerto Rico, and the last couple.” Rating: A

T6. Denny McCarthy (-16): It looked like the perfect storm for McCarthy in the week, but in the end, it wasn’t meant to be. A member of the penultimate group on Sunday, the University of Virginia product went the wrong way early in his inning and will likely blame himself for doing so. Despite the recent disappointment, McCarthy is still in the midst of the best season of his career and has bounced back well from a missed Travelers Championship cut. He often describes himself as a ‘crusher’, so while he’s shown himself capable of performing at those birdie fests, his top 10 at the Memorial Tournament and US Open may suggest his first win on a golf course. more difficult. Grade: B+

T16. Sahith Theegala (-12): He nearly missed the cut but showed some determination after opening his John Deere Classic with a 3 of 74. Carding consecutive rounds of 65 and culminating his week with a 68, Theegala climbed into the top 20 at the end of the tournament. Thanks to that effort, the Rookie of the Year contender has now made 11 consecutive cuts on his own with his last omission coming the weekend at the Players Championship in March. While it can be volatile at times, these peaks and valleys have a way of fading over the course of a tournament. Twice on the podium in 2022, including a Travelers Championship runner-up, it’s only a matter of time before Theegala picks up his first PGA Tour win. Category B

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