J.T. Poston put on a masterful display of golf over the weekend, edging out the field to win the 2019 Wyndham Championship. Poston, a 26-year-old North Carolina native, shot a 22-under par 258, which included a 62 on Sunday. Even more impressively, Poston did not post a single bogey all tournament, going 65-65-66-62 and ending each hole no worse than a par. He became the first player since 1974 to win a PGA Tour event while going bogey-free.
This was Poston’s first professional victory. He has been on the PGA Tour since 2015 and, before this week, had only earned three top-10s and 10 top-25 finishes. Before turning pro, he won eight amateur tournaments between 2011 and 2015.
Poston was hardly the only golfer to succeed at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC. Webb Simpson, one of the bigger names in this tournament and a North Carolina native like Poston, shot a 21-under 259 to finish second. Simpson finished well-below par each day, with rounds of 64-65-65-65.
Byeong Hun An, who led going into Sunday, went 62-65-66-67 to finish with a 20-under 260. The amateur Viktor Hovland (-19) and Si Woo Kim (-17) rounded out the top five.
On The Bubble
With the Wyndham Championship being the last tournament before the FedEx Cup Playoffs, there was also the story of players on the top 125 bubble trying to play their way in. This year, it was Patton Kizzire (No. 129) and Andrew Landry (No. 134) who were on the bubble.
Kizzire finished T13 with -15, moving up 11 spots to No. 118 and earning a spot in this week’s Northern Trust. As for Landry, he wasn’t far behind, finishing T19 at -14 and sneaking into this week’s field at No. 123.
This week is The Northern Trust, the first tournament of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The first round begins on Thursday from Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, NJ. The world’s best golfers, including Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, and Tiger Woods, are all in the field.
Koepka, who continues to shine this season, is the heavy favorite, as he comes in at +800 to win. Following that, there are several choices that could be popular when you are in Vegas.
Rory McIlroy, who bettors were fed up with at the Open Championship, is listed at +1200, while Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm both come in at +1600. Rounding out the Top 10 features Justin Rose, Patrick Cantlay, and Justin Thomas — all at +2000, just ahead of Ricky Fowler, Tommy Fleetwood, and Webb Simpson at +2500.
Woods, who also has not played great golf since Augusta, is listed at +3000. Finally, Jordan Spieth — who many thought could make a run at Wyndham following his first masterful day — has slipped all the way down to +5000 to win the event.
Following this, the golfers head to Medinah, Ill., for the BMW Championships, before finishing in Atlanta at the Tour Championship.