While J.T. Poston’s style of play seemingly fits the bill of a typical John Deere Classic champion, his resume did not indicate what was to come in 2022.
The pride of Western Carolina University made two of his first four cuts at TPC Deere Run but had yet to crack the top 50.
Then, last year, he earned his second career PGA Tour victory and did it in wire-to-wire fashion. Poston coasted home on Sunday for a three-shot win after rounds of 62-65-67-69 (-21).
"“Obviously this is such a great community. I’ve said it for several years now, even before winning, that it just feels like home,” Poston was transcribed by ASAP Sports in June at the tournament media day. “I’m a North Carolina guy, and I feel like the community kind of matches where I grew up, and I’ve always had a lot of support. So I love coming back, and I’m definitely looking forward to being back this year.”"
Poston kept himself out of trouble most of the week with great ball striking, ranking first in the field in strokes gained tee-to-green. On the rare occasions he was in a spot of bother, Poston got up and down with regularity and finished tops in SG around-the-green.
Poston comes in rested with a week off and a missed cut the event prior.
After making the Tour Championship last season, the 30-year-old began the season strong with five top-25s in his first seven starts. Poston later tacked on top-10s at the Valspar Championship and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
He’s hit a bit of a rough patch of late, but that’s largely been at big ballparks that don’t suit his game. The friendlier confines of the Quad Cities should help revitalize his game.
The Post Man ranks 17th on the PGA Tour in approaches from 150-175 (25’11”) yards and 27th from 50-125 (17’2”). He’ll have plenty of short irons in his hands this week.