Poston wins John Deere, Meronk first Pole to win in Europe

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SILVIS, Illinois — JT Poston clinched a wire-to-wire win at the John Deere Classic on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title and a place at the British Open.

Three shots ahead of the day at the TPC Deere Run, Poston finished with a 2-under 69 and a three-shot lead over fellow British Open qualifiers Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo.

Poston finished 21-under 263. He opened with rounds of 62, 65, and 67.

Bezuidenhout scored a 66 and Grillo a 69.

Christopher Gotterup, the former Rutgers player in the field with a sponsorship waiver, had a 66 to share fourth place with Scott Stallings (70) with 17 under.

Poston shagged the first three holes, bogeying #5s and 6s and saving the next 10. He made a 4-foot for birdie on the par-5 17 and saved the 18th hole.

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

THOMASTOWN, Ireland — Adrian Meronk became Poland’s first European tour winner with a superb final run at Mount Juliet for a 6-under 66 and a three-shot win at the Irish Open.

Meronk was a shot behind New Zealand’s Ryan Fox with four holes remaining as he birdie-birdie-eagle to give himself room for error on the difficult final hole. He made par and exited the 18th green drenched in champagne celebration.

Fox closed on a 64 and worried that a bogey on the last hole could end up costing him. Meronk played so well in the closing stages that it didn’t matter.

Meronk connected with a 25-foot birdie on the 15th hole for the lead, made an 18-foot birdie putt on the next hole, and then effectively finished it off with an eagle from just short of the green on par- 5.

Meronk, who finished 20 under 268, Fox and Thriston Lawrence (67) were already suspended for the British Open. The three spots available at the Irish Open went to American John Catlin, Scotland’s David Law and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti. They tied for fourth place with 273.

Meronk, who played college golf at East Tennessee State, will become the first Polish player at the British Open in St Andrews in two weeks time. He was the first pole at the US Open in Torrey Pines last year and the first to even earn a European Tour Card.

BERTHOUD, Colo. – Zecheng “Marty” Dou of China shot three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine and finished with a 5-under-67 for a one-shot win over Carl Yuan in The Ascendant for his first Korn Ferry Tour title in three years.

The win propelled Dou to number 2 on the points list and earned him his first PGA Tour card in five years.

Yuan, leading Korn Ferry’s points list, started the back nine at TPC Colorado with four straight birdies and briefly held the lead. Dou caught him with a birdie on the 13th, and added birdies on the 15th and 16th to take control.

Yuan, also of China, bogeyed on the 18th hole, allowing Dou to take a two-shot lead. He also finished with a bogey.

Dou finished 17-under 267. Augusto Nunez (68), Brandon Matthews (68) and Jeremy Paul (66) were in third place, two shots back.

Team International won 13 games and halved four more to defeat Team USA in the Palmer Cup at Geneva Golf Club. The games were tied at 6 p.m. and went into Sunday singles. Team International won the Ryder Cup-style competition for male and female collegiate players for the third time in four years. … Maja Stark of Sweden finished with a 2-under-70 for a one-shot victory over Leonie Harm and Jessica Karlsson at the Amundi German Masters. Stark won for the third time on the Ladies European Tour this year and the fifth since leaving Oklahoma last year. … Kristian Krogh Johannessen finished with a 4-under 67 and won the Italian Challenge Open when Oliver Hunderboll made a double bogey on the first playoff hole. It was the Dane’s first victory on the Challenge Tour. … Brian Carlson finished with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot win over Chris Wilson at the Prince Edward Island Open, moving him to the top of the Mackenzie Tour points list in Canada. … Serena Aoki finished with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot win at the Shiseido Ladies Open at the Japan LPGA. … Jin-hee Im had a 3-under 69 in the final round for a two-shot win at the McCall Mona Park Open at the Korean LPGA.

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