J.T. Poston won for the first time on the PGA Tour with a bogey-free tournament, capturing the home-state Wyndham Championship on Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Poston’s final-round 8-under 62 on Sunday gave him a one-shot victory, finishing at 22-under 258 for the tournament.
Past tournament champion Webb Simpson shot 65 for second place for the second year in a row.
Third-round leader Byeong Hun An closed with a 67 and ended up in third place at 20 under. He went to the par-4 18th hole with a chance to force a playoff but made a bogey.
It marked the final event of the PGA Tour’s regular season, moved up a few weeks from the past.
The last time a player won a PGA Tour event without a bogey was Lee Trevino in 1974 in New Orleans.
An’s first bogey of the week came on the par-5 15th when he took a penalty stroke after his wayward tee shot. The South Korean responded with a birdie on the next hole.
Poston, 26, won two individual state championships for Hickory High School, about a 90-minute drive away. He played collegiately for Western Carolina.
Poston began the final round tied for fifth place, and pulled into a share of the lead by the eighth hole.
Simpson, also competing in his home state, bogeyed two of the first three holes. He putted in from off the green for a birdie on No. 7, and later recorded birdies on four of the last five holes.
Viktor Hovland, a rookie out of Oklahoma State, shot 65, putting him alone in fourth place at 19 under.
“I feel like I got a lot better over the last month and a half,” Hovland said.
Si Woo Kim of South Korea shot 64 to finish 17 under and in fifth place.
England’s Paul Casey, the highest-ranked golfer in the field at No. 8, was within two shots going to the back nine.
His next shot landed in a fairway bunker and it took a couple of attempts to get out, carding a double bogey on the hole. His 69 dropped him to a tie for 13th at 15 under.
‘Smiling Cinderella’ Shibuno takes Women’s British Open
It was a fairytale ending for 20-year-old rookie Hinako Shibuno of Japan, nicknamed “Smiling Cinderella,” who drained a 15-footer for birdie on her 72nd hole to win the AIG Women’s British Open, the LPGA’s fifth and final major championship of 2019.
Shibuno, a rookie on the JLPGA with two wins in Japan already under her belt, started the day with a two-shot lead and finished with a final-round 68 at the Marquess Course at Woburn Golf Club in Milton Keynes, England, for an 18-under 270 total to win by a shot over American Lizette Salas.
Despite carding a double bogey on the third hole and a bogey at the eighth, Shibuno had two birdies on the front before reeling off five birdies on the back nine, including the birdie at 18 for the win.
She became just the second Japanese player to win a women’s major championship, joining Hisako “Chako” Higuchi, who won the 1977 Women’s PGA Championship.