There was more punishment for punters on the PGA Tour last week as J.T Poston becomes the latest big-priced first-time winner. Our man looks back at the week here...
“Poston’s performance was quite something and he’s the first player to win a PGA Tour event without recording a single bogey since Lee Trevino at the 1974 Greater New Orleans.”
The final regular counting event of the tricky 2018/19 PGA Tour season, the Wyndham Championship, has been won by yet another outsider and the 14th first time winner on the PGA Tour this season - J.T Poston.
The 26-year-old North Carolina native won in his home state by a stroke over fellow North Carolinian, Webb Simpson, but the pre-event favourite finished with a flurry - birdying four of the last five holes - and although he only lost by one, he was never in with any sort of serious chance after he'd started his fourth and final round so poorly - bogeying two of his first three holes.
Korea's Byeong Hun An, a pre-tournament [70.0] chance, who had led after rounds one, two and three, looked to be in command early on as the two men tied for second after round three, Simpson and Brice Garnett, stuttered and the Korean was matched at a low of [1.41] as his nearest challengers fell away. An played his first ten holes in four-under-par and he may well have held on for the win, had Poston not piled the pressure on...
Having traded between [250.0] and [290.0] before the off, Poston was a [50.0] chance at halfway and trailing by three with a round to go, he was still available to back at [40.0] yesterday morning but he started well before making his big move at the par five with this eagle from 13 feet.
Birdies followed at seven, eight, ten, 13 and 15 and An just couldn't respond. A poor drive on the par five 15th led to a catastrophic bogey six and although he birdied 16, he still needed a birdie at 18 to force a playoff. This is how close he came from 58 feet.
THIS close to a playoff. pic.twitter.com/CNfwoCRPkB? PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 4, 2019
An missed the return putt for par so lost by two in the end but he did little wrong and one had to feel a bit of sympathy for him. He began the day leading by a stroke and played his first ten holes in four-under-par and that would ordinarily put you in an unassailable position but Poston's final round 62 was the lowest final round score by a winner at Sedgefield since Davis Love III, way back in 1992.
Poston's performance was quite something and he's the first player to win a PGA Tour event without recording a single bogey since Lee Trevino at the 1974 Greater New Orleans. And he didn't even put himself under a huge amount of strain to achieve the feat, the longest par save made all week was from only eight feet.
It's been a disappointing week but it's not been too expensive and I have no complaints. I played some huge outsiders before the off for small stakes and as highlighted in the In-play Blog, I didn't get too involved in-running and looking back, I was right not to. At no stage did I get a strong feel for anyone and I'm more than happy to take a small hit.
In addition to the bets detailed in the In-Play Blog, I also played An in-running last night at [3.8] but it made no odds to the overall result as I layed the stakes invested on him back at a shade of odds-on. Had An held on, I would have made a tiny profit.
What Have We Learned This Week?
The Bubble Boys had minimum success at this year's Wyndham and nobody made a big enough move to save their cards for next season.
Brice Garnett contended up until he failed to birdie the par five fifth yesterday but he moved from 121st to 95th in the FedEx Cup standings with his tied sixth. Patton Kizzire, who I backed before the off at [700.0], moved from outside the top-125 to 118th with his tied 13th and Andrew Landry, backed at [330.0], moved up from 132 to 123 so all three secured their places in this week's first playoff event - the Northern Trust - but that's as good as it got for those hovering around the cut off point of 125. And it's probably worth mentioning that all three mentioned didn't have to worry about securing their playing privileges for next season as they all won on the PGA Tour last season. I'm still going to consider looking at the so-called Bubble Boys as an angle in but a perusal of the Driving Accuracy stats is arguably the best tactic...
Ryan Moore, the 2009 Wyndham winner, currently taking a break due to the birth of his next child, tops the Driving Accuracy stats on the PGA Tour but Ryan Armour (fourth), Landry (sixth) and Garnett (seventh) all contended and a number of others inside the top-12 on the DA stats also had fair weeks.
Time and time again it was noticeable how penal a missed fairway was and the first two home ranked tied second and first for Driving Accuracy for the week. Plotting your way around Sedgefield and staying on the short grass is essential.
Nobody played the par fours better than the winner (-14) and that was the third year in-a-row, and the eighth year in 12 that the player ranking number one for Par 4 Scoring had finished first or second.
As already stated, the Northern Trust kicks off the FedEx Cup playoff series on Thursday and I'll be back later with my preview. There's a slight chance it'll be published tonight but tomorrow is long odds-on.
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