JT Poston opens 4-stroke lead in John Deere Classic | Sports News
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — JT Poston took a four-stroke lead this weekend in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, after opening 9-under 62 with a 65 Friday at the TPC Deere Run.
Coming out of a second-place tie last week in Connecticut after also opening with a 62, Poston went 15 under with a birdie at the par-4 13th and parried the final six holes of the post-round. midday.
“I feel good,” Poston said. “My last few runs here have been great since last week so I’m just going to try to keep that going and do what I’m doing. Don’t change anything and just take the good looks when they come. And when I don’t have a good number or I don’t feel good on it, just be smart.
Poston was one shot away from the 36-hole tournament record set by Steve Stricker when he won in 2010.
Denny McCarthy finished second at 11 under after a 65, also playing in the afternoon after rain delayed play in the morning.
“I have to birdie,” McCarthy said. “There’s no other way around it in this spot. You can’t just make pars here.”
Christopher Gotterup, the former Rutgers player on the field on a sponsor exemption, had a 67 to tie Matthias Schwab (65), Emiliano Grillo (64) and Chris Naegel (66) at 10 under.
“It was an interesting day,” Gotterup said. “Definitely a day of ups and downs compared to yesterday when I was a bit more on cruise control.”
Poston won the 2019 Wyndham Championship for his lone PGA Tour title. Last week in the Travelers Championship, he followed the opener 62 with runs of 70, 67 and 64 to finish two strokes behind Xander Schauffele.
“Last week, the one thing I think I learned after playing well on Thursday was to try to keep the pedal down,” Poston said. “I think this golf course can give a few more birdies than last week, but at the same time you have to go out there and hit a few golf shots to stay aggressive. I was able to do that, which is good.
Iowa native Zach Johnson, the 2012 winner, was 4 under after opening 69-69 in his 20th consecutive start in the event.
“Today was much more manageable and accessible,” Johnson said. “Yesterday I probably putt better overall.”
Defending champion Lucas Glover missed the cut by one shot, shooting 74-66. (backslash)
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