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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Poston wins John Deere, Meronek first pole to win in Europe

Poston wins John Deere, Meronek first pole to win in Europe

SILVIS, Ill ( Associated Press) — JT Poston completed a wire-to-wire victory at the John Deere Classic on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title and a spot at the British Open.

Three strokes ahead of entering the day at the TPC Deere run, Poston closed with 2-under 69 for a three-stroke margin over fellow British Open qualifiers Kristian Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo.

Poston finished at 21-under 263. She started with rounds of 62, 65 and 67.

Bezuidenhout scored 66 and Grillo scored 69.

In the field on a sponsor exemption, former Rutgers player Christopher Gottrup scored 66 under Scott Stallings (70) to finish fourth on 17.

Poston birdied the first three holes, bogeyed numbers 5 and 6, and passed the next 10. He made a 4-footer for the birdie on the 17th par-5 and crossed the 18th.

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

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THOMASTOWN, Ireland ( Associated Press) – Adrian Maronek became Poland’s first winner on the European Tour, pulling off a brilliant closing stretch for 6-under 66 at Mount Juliet and a three-shot victory at the Irish Open.

Meronck was one shot behind New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, with four holes remaining, when he went birdie-birdie-eagle to make room for the error himself on the difficult closing hole. He made the par and went with the 18th green soaked in champagne festivities.

Fox closed with 64, and feared that a bogey on the final hole might cost him at the end. Meronek played so well at the closing stretch that it didn’t matter.

Meronque tied for the lead with a 25-foot birdie on the 15th, made an 18-foot birdie putt on the next hole, and then effectively finished with an eagle just short of the green on the par-5 17th hole.

Meronek, who finished at 20-under 268, Fox and Thriston Lawrence (67), had already been exempted for the British Open. The three spots available from the Irish Open went to American John Catlin, David Law of Scotland and Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay. They finished fourth at 273.

Meronek, who plays college golf in the eastern Tennessee state, will be the first Polish player in two weeks at the British Open in St. Andrews. He was already the first pole at last year’s US Open at Torrey Pines, and even the first to earn a European Tour card.

Korn Ferry Tour

Berthoud, Colo. ( Associated Press) – China’s Zacheng “Marty” Du fired three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine and closed with 5-under 67 for a one-shot win over Carl Yuan at The Ascendant. His first Korn Ferry Tour title in three years.

The win propelled Du to No. 2 on the points list and assured him of having a PGA Tour card for the first time in five years.

Yuan, who leads the Korn Ferry points list, started nine on TPC Colorado with four straight birdies and briefly took the lead. Dou caught him with a birdie on the 13th, and then he added birdies on the 15th and 16th to take control.

Yuan, also from China, finished 18th and allowed Du to take a two-shot lead in the final hole. He too got off with a bogie.

Dou finished at 17-under 267. Augusto Nunez (68), Brandon Mathews (68) and Jeremy Paul (66) finished third, two shots behind.

Other Tours

Team International won 13 matches to defeat Team USA in the Palmer Cup at the Geneva Golf Club and halved four others. The matches going into Sunday’s singles were tied at 18. Team International won the Ryder Cup-style competition for men’s and women’s college players for the third time in the last four years. … Sweden’s Maja Starc closed with 2-under 70 for a one-shot win over Leonie Harm and Jessica Karlsson at the Amundi German Masters. Starc won the Ladies European Tour for the third time this year and for the fifth time since leaving Oklahoma State last year. … Kristian Krog Johansson closed with 4-under 67 and won the Italian Challenge Open when Oliver Hunderboll scored a double bogey on the first playoff hole. This was the Dane’s first win on the Challenge Tour. … Brian Carlson closed with 7-under 65 for a one-shot win over Chris Wilson at the Prince Edward Island Open, topping the points list on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. … Serena Aoki closed with 3-under 69 for a two-shot win over the Japan LPGA at the Shiseido Ladies Open. … Jin-Hee Im was 3-under 69 in the final round for a two-shot victory over the Korean LPGA at the McCall Mona Park Open.

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