J.T. Boston goes wire-to-wire to win John Deere Classic, seals spot at Open Championship

Woods, Ill. — JD Boston He completed a wire-to-wire win at the John Deere Classic on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title and a spot in the Open Championship.

Finished with a 2-under 69 at TPC Deere Run, three strokes ahead of fellow Open qualifiers. Christian Besuidenhout And Emiliano Grillo.

“It’s hard,” Posten said. “Wire-to-wire, leading for so long, it’s hard not to think about that fine line all week. I just tried to stick to the game plan.”

Boston finished at 21-under 263. He opened with rounds of 62, 65 and 67.

Besudenhout shot 66 and Grillo shot 69.

“I knew I needed a solid week,” Grillo said. “I have to play well, move up in the rankings and get a job for next year. That’s more important to me than going to the Open. Now that I’m getting both, it’s really special.”

Christopher Kotterup, a former Rutgers player, sponsor exempt, tied for fourth with a 66 at 17 under. Scott Stallings (70)

“More validation that I belong here,” Kotterup said. “Honestly, I didn’t have my biggest things this week. It was amazing, but it was really bad.”

Boston bogeyed the first three holes, 5s and 6s, and split the next 10. He made a 4-footer for birdie on the par-5 17th and birdied the 18th.

“I tried to breathe,” Poston said. “I was real. I think there were a lot more nerves than the first few days. I was fighting them. After today, after this week, I know I can play with those nerves. I can still win, still put up a solid score under pressure. And trying to win here.”

The 29-year-old from Hickory, North Carolina won the Travelers Championship a week after finishing second in Connecticut. He also won the 2019 Wyndham Championship.

The Open will be held July 14-17 at the Old Course at St Andrews.

“I can’t wait,” Poston said. “I’ve always wanted to play somewhere but St Andrews and 150th first, I can’t wait to get there and see what it’s like.”

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