With a final-round 62, J.T. Poston claimed a one-shot victory over Webb Simpson at the Wyndham Championship.
Poston finished his four rounds in Greensboro on 22-under par to secure his first career PGA Tour trophy. The 26-year old Western Carolina University alum became the first player since Lee Trevino (1974 Zurich Classic) to win a stroke-play event without posting a single bogey.
The victory earned the North Carolina native $1,116,000 and 500 FedExCup points, along with 44 Official World Golf Rankings points.
Afterwards, an excited Poston met with the media to discuss his maiden career victory. Here a few pulls from the back and forth.
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Playing in Front of Family
I know your grandpa was here and your coach was here and your mom, you’ve got a lot of people here. What did that do for you? Have you played in front of that many friends and family before?
J.T. POSTON: Only a few times when I’ve played here and when I’ve played in Wells Fargo in Charlotte. Those are kind of the two closest tournaments to home, so they’re usually able to make it to those events, but usually I don’t play this good whenever they get here.
Yeah, it was pretty special to have everybody here, especially my grandfather. He was the one that built me my first golf club when I was three years old.
I have so many memories of the golf course with him, following him to the range, playing golf with him growing up. Definitely would not be here without him, without his guidance.
Keeping Emotions in Check
How did you not let the moment get so big? You seemed to do a good job of putting your head down, but you said you heard the crowd, too. How did you kind of keep that poise?
J.T. POSTON: You know, I wish I had an answer for it. I just for some reason all week I felt calm. I never — there were definitely some nerves and some pressure shots throughout the week and especially today, but I tried to tell myself that I had been in these types of situations and felt these kinds of nerves in college.
Obviously this meant a lot more than maybe a college tournament, but I can remember being in college and that felt like a pretty big deal playing in those tournaments. It definitely meant a lot.
So I just kind of drew off of those experiences and the positive results from college. Just tried to keep doing what I was doing. I was hitting it good and giving myself a lot of looks and the putter was really solid.
How do you begin to celebrate your first Tour victory?
J.T. POSTON: I don’t know. I’ve never done this before, so we’re going to have to figure it out. I’m sure there will be a couple Coors Lights, a couple beers to be had tonight.
I’m just looking forward to celebrating it with all the friends and family that are here. You know, if it was another week where maybe not so many people would have gotten here, it still would be a great celebration, but to have them here to be a part of it will be — it will be a good time. It will be a lot of fun and I’m pretty excited.
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