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2022 John Deere Classic Standings: JT Poston Holds Round 3 Lead, But Challengers Close The Gap

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Leader after rounds one and two, JT Poston will hold the advantage overnight again at the 2022 John Deere Classic. Seeing his 36-hole margin drop from four strokes to three, the former PGA Tour winner will have some pain on the board on Sunday as he seeks his first win since the 2019 Wyndham Championship.

Starting his day in perfect fashion, Poston birdied three against six pars on his opening nine and was on cruise control. It was only then that the 29-year-old started having trouble with bogeys at the par-3 12th and par-4 15th. Seeing his four-stroke lead shrink to one, he got to the par-5 17th needing a spark.

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Poston received exactly that when he carded an eagle to extend his lead to three where he is heading into the final round. Sitting at 19 under, Poston’s closest pursuers are Denny McCarthy, Scott Stallings and Emiliano Grillo at 16 under. While Stallings and Grillo have won on the PGA Tour, it may be McCarthy who will be the biggest threat to Poston, as the University of Virginia product has been steadily making appearances in the rankings over the past month. , including a few weeks ago at the US Open.

The leader

1. JT Poston (-19): Turning last week’s success into this week, Poston was simply terrific through 54 holes at the John Deere Classic. Leading the pack in strokes gained from tee to green, he ranks 10th in strokes gained off the tee, fourth in strokes gained on approach and third in strokes gained around the green. With zero blemishes in the current state of his game, Poston will be a tough man to catch on Sunday.

“It feels good,” Poston said after his 4-under 67. the tee to the green and I didn’t roll it too. To still be able to draw 4 cents, which is still very solid today, gives me a little confidence for tomorrow. I hope to hit better, but if I don’t, I still have the ability to shoot a decent number.”

Other suitors

T2. Denny McCarthy, Emiliano Grillo and Scott Stallings (-16)

5. Callum Tarren (-15)

T6. Bo Hoag and Chris Naegel (-14)

T8. Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Matthias Schwab (-13)

There’s already been talk about McCarthy, so let’s move the conversation to Stallings. Despite some major inconsistencies in his game, whenever the 37-year-old plays at the weekend, he tends to position himself in contention. This week is no different as he has a realistic opportunity to claim his first PGA Tour victory since the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open. Stallings arrived at the TPC Deere Run after finishing in the top 10 at the Travelers Championship and being in the shot until the very end of the Charles Schwab Challenge.

“I have no idea what tomorrow holds,” Stallings said. “I know I have some things that I can control and kind of manage expectations, understand, but I showed up here on Tuesday morning and said to my caddy, if we’re here for anything other than have a chance to win on Sunday so we don’t have to be here. You know, that was kind of my mindset. I played a ton of golf this week, and obviously I had a great Sunday last week to build some kind of momentum. I look forward to the opportunity.

Bo Hoag makes the most of moving day

We are officially in the final stages of the 2021-22 season and Hoag is on the outside as far as FedEx Cup playoffs go. Beginning race week 231 of the season, Hoag’s last cut on the PGA Tour came more than three months ago at the Corales Puntacana Championship. With a scorching 8-under 63 on Saturday, Hoag is tied for seventh place at the John Deere Classic and should now jump into the top 200 of the FedEx Cup standings.

“You’re nine back and I don’t think the point guards are coming back, so you have to put in a good number and try to be in the game for Sunday,” Hoag said. “I have nothing to lose. I didn’t play well coming here, and I just tried, yeah, to shoot a few good rounds and prove to myself that I can play well for a week… That was a bit difficult. I haven’t had any results in the last few months, but I still believe that I’m a good player and I know what I’m capable of, so I believe in it a bit.”

2022 John Deere Classic Ratings and Picks Update

  • News post: 1/1
  • Denny McCarthy: 5-1
  • Scott Stalling: 11/2
  • Emiliano Grillo: 7-1
  • Callum Tarren: 16-1
  • Chris Naegel: 40-1
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout: 40-1
  • Matthias Schwab: 50-1
  • Bo Hoag: 50-1
  • Maverick McNealy: 65-1
  • Cam Davis: 65-1

There’s no suggestion that Poston can’t close this Sunday and 1/1 is pretty generous by my numbers. It’s not the sexiest bet, but it might be the right one because he has a three-stroke lead and all the confidence in the world. If you’re looking for a bet with a bit more juice, McCarthy at 5-1 would be my pick as he closed strong at the Memorial Tournament and the US Open and is trending towards his first PGA Tour victory.

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