J.T. Poston shoots 62 to win Wyndham Championship in home state
There was lots to sort out in the PGA Tour’s regular-season finale on Sunday. Here’s what you missed in the final round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Who won: J.T. Poston (eight-under 62, 22 under overall)
How it happened: Byeong Hun An held the 54-hole lead at the Wyndham Championship and was three clear of J.T. Poston, but Poston made an eagle and was five under on the front nine as he vaulted up the leaderboard. An turned in three under and was tied with Poston, who was two pairings ahead. Locked at 21 under with a few holes to play, Poston birdied the par-5 15th to get to 22 under and take the lead and made pars the rest of the way, signing for an eight-under 62. An fell two off the pace with a bogey on 15, but he rebounded by making a 15-footer for birdie on 16. Needing to birdie the 18th to force a playoff, An’s drive went well left but he got relief from a scoreboard (a temporary immovable object), wedged on and then missed his birdie try from 58 feet. An bogeyed the last and Webb Simpson made birdie to leap ahead and take second place alone at 21 under. An (20 under) was third.
Why it matters: It’s the first PGA Tour victory for the 26-year-old Poston, which came in his 51st career start and in his home state in front of several family and friends. He’s now got a two-year PGA Tour exemption and will make his Masters and PGA Championship debuts next season.
Best stat: Zero! That’s how many bogeys winner J.T. Poston made over 72 holes at the Wyndham Championship.
Worst hole: An was one back when he came to the par-5 15th on Sunday, but his drive found the thick right rough and he had to take an unplayable for the second straight day on that hole.
Up next: The first of three legs of the FedEx Cup Playoffs begins on Thursday with The Northern Trust at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. The stacked field is headlined by Tiger Woods, who is making his first start since his missed cut at the Open Championship.