JT Poston takes the highs with lows, stays in lead at John Deere Classic

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John Deere Classic leader JT Poston's lone PGA TOUR win came at the 2019 Wyndham Championship, going bogey-free en route to victory.

JT Poston (1st/-19) overcame two bogeys with four birdies and an eagle-3 at No. 17 to maintain control of the lead with a 4-under 67 after 54 holes at the John Deere Classic.

Hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation, tying career record (most recent of four occasions: 2020 Shriners Children’s Open).

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Marked his third 54-hole lead/co-lead of his TOUR career: 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship/3rd, 2021 Barbasol Championship/P2).

Poston held the outright lead after the second and third rounds of the 2021 Barbasol Championship before falling to Seamus Power in a six-hole playoff.

 

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Three bogeys since the eighth hole of Round Three in last week’s Travelers Championship (82 holes). Round two this week at the par-4 sixth, par-3 12th and par-4 15th in Round Three.

Poston is making his fifth John Deere Classic appearance (2017/T64, 2018/T65, 2019/MC, 2021/MC).

Each of three top-10 finishes this season have come within the span of his last eight starts: T3/RBC Heritage, T9/Wells Fargo Championship, T2/Travelers Championship.

His lone PGA TOUR win came at the 2019 Wyndham Championship, going bogey-free en route to victory.

Scott Stallings (T2/-16) birdied three of his last four holes to sign for a bogey-free 7-under 64. This is his 21st consecutive round of par-or-better in the John Deere Classic and sixth consecutive round in the 60s on TOUR.

 

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He needed just one putt on nine holes in Round Three, including four of his last five holes. His lone top-10 finish in nine starts at TPC Deere Run before this week was T5 in 2017. Two of four top-10 finishes this season have come in his last four starts (T4/Charles Schwab Challenge, T8/Travelers Championship).

After opening with a 4-over 74 at last week’s Travelers Championship, followed with scores of 64-68-63; is 31-under par in his last six rounds; most recent of three TOUR titles: 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.

 

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Making his first start in the John Deere Classic, Emiliano Grillo (T2/-16) birdied four of his last five holes, good for a 6-under 65, in bid to become the first first-time participant to win the event since Dylan Frittelli (2019). He seeks a second career TOUR title and first since the 2015 Fortinet Championship.

Coming off eight consecutive missed cuts, Bo Hoag (T6/-14) started his round in 4-under through four en route an 8-under 63; in relation to par, the score matches his career low from two previous occasions (most recent: R1/2020 Fortinet Championship).

With a win, would become the 24th player to make the John Deere Classic his first TOUR title.

Making his 20th consecutive start in the John Deere Classic, 2012 champion and John Deere Classic Board member Zach Johnson sits T36 at 8-under 205.

 

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The top three players not otherwise exempt in the top 10 and ties will qualify for the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews.