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J.T. Poston cost himself $260K on final hole of 3M Open, says he's ‘not out here to finish 2nd’

While Lee Hodges had seemingly sucked most of the drama out of the last few holes of the 3M Open late Sunday, his playing partner J.T. Poston provided plenty at the last possible moment.

That drama cost Poston $260,000.

The two were heading down the par-5 18th hole at TPC Twin Cities with Hodges holding a comfortable three-shot lead over Poston, who was three shots clear of third place. Hodges, looking for his first PGA Tour victory, hit his tee shot left and into the rough. Poston, a two-time PGA Tour winner, hit his drive right, a couple feet from the water and inside the red hazard line.

After a long discussion with caddie Aaron Flener, Poston opted to go for the green with his second shot from 214 yards. This despite the ball being a foot below his feet and Poston needing to carry almost the entire distance to cover the water guarding the front of the green. Ultimately, the ball came out low, bounced off rocks along the edge of the water and hit the 3M Open sign that was in the water.

After a drop, Poston laid up to 98 yards with his fourth shot. From there, he simply needed to hit the ball on the green and two-putt for double-bogey 7 to still secure solo second place. But he missed the green short, putted it from 30 feet away to five feet and missed that double-bogey putt. A tap-in for a triple-bogey 8 dropped him back into a three-way tie for second place at 17 under par.

So here's where the $260K comes in. A solo second-place finish would’ve given Poston $850,000. The second-place tie with Martin Laird and Kevin Streelman gave him $590,200.

“At the end of the day it’s not the way I wanted to end, but I had to try and give it a shot and see if there was some way I could make 3 there at the end and put some pressure on Lee,” said Poston, who shot 69 and later reiterated his thoughts on Twitter. “It was a shot that was going to be hard to pull off, but we weren’t playing for second place. I had to give it a shot.”

Earlier, Laird and Streelman both produced some impressive play on the final hole, not knowing that it eventually would be worth more money and FedEx Cup points. Laird made a 20-foot putt for eagle on the 18th to shoot 64, and Streelman hit a wedge to eight feet and made that for birdie to shoot 66.

The threesome was a shot ahead of Dylan Wu and Keith Mitchell in fifth place, but seven shots behind Hodges, who shot a final-round 67.

SOURCE: [GolfDigest.com]

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2023 Genesis Scottish Open purse: Payout info, winner’s share

Rory McIlroy has found his clutch gene again, and just in the nick of time.

After four bogies on his outward nine in the final round of the Genesis Scottish Open, McIlroy came home with a clean backside and four birdies, including the final two holes for a 68 to clip Robert MacIntyre by one for the win.

McIlroy’s win is the 24th of his PGA Tour career and also counts as the 16th in his DP World Tour career at the co-sanctioned event.

It’s also the first win of 2023 for McIlroy who struggled at times in the spring, including a missed cut at the Masters, before heating up and finishing in the top 10 in his last six starts since the PGA Championship. He now passes Jon Rahm to become the No. 2 player in the world.

“It’s been a sort of long six months I feel since I won in Dubai,” McIlroy said as he heads to the Open Championship next week as the clear favorite. “I’ve given myself tons of chances, and hopefully this win sort of breaks the seal for me, especially going into next week as well.”

The last time the Open was at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy won his only Open title in 2014.

With the win, McIlroy takes home $1.575 million from the $9 million purse.

You can check out the complete payout breakdown below.

2023 Genesis Scottish Open payout info, winner’s share 

1. $1.575 million

2. $985,500

3. $590,850

4. $441,000

5. $373,500

6. $322,200

7. $287,550

8. $253,800

9. $233,100

10. $213,300

11. $197,100

12. $182,250

13. $168,300

14. $155,700

15. $148,500

16. $141,300

17. $134,100

18. $126,900

19. $120,150

20. $113,850

21. $107,550

22. $102,600

23. $97,650

24. $92,700

25. $87,750

26. $82,800

27. $80,100

28. $77,400

29. $74,700

30. $72,000

31. $69,300

32. $66,600

33. $63,900

34. $61,425

35. $58,950

36. $56,475

37. $54,450

38. $52,650

39. $50,850

40. $49,050

41. $47,250

42. $45,450

43. $43,650

44. $41,850

45. $40,050

46. $38,250

47. $36,450

48. $34,830

49. $33,300

50. $32,040

51. $30,870

52. $29,700

53. $28,620

54. $27,540

55. $27,000

56. $26,460

57. $25,920

58. $25,380

59. $24,840

60. $24,300

61. $23,760

62. $23,220

63. $22,680

64. $22,140

65. $21,600

66. $19,800

67. $19,620

68. $19,440

69. $19,260

70. $19,080

71. $18,900

72. $18,720

73. $18,540

74. $18,360

75. $18,180

76. $18,000

77. $17,820



Allisen Corpuz pulls away to win U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach

Sunday morning, Allisen Corpuz was trailing the U.S. Women’s Open and was still winless on the LPGA Tour.

After the first hole, she wasn’t trailing anymore. By the end of the round, she wasn’t winless anymore.

Corpuz shot a final-round 69, including back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15, to pull away from a surging Charley Hull and Jiyai Shin and win the 78th U.S. Women’s Open by three strokes. Corpuz becomes the first female major champion in the long history of the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links.

“This week has just felt like a dream come true. It’s been really awesome to be out at Pebble this week,” she said. “Every few holes I just kind of looked out and said, I’m out here at Pebble Beach. There’s not many places that are better than this. Really just tried to stay grounded and keep playing my game.”

The first women’s major at the seaside links also served as the potential final professional start for the most famous golfer from Hawaii, Michelle Wie West. So it makes sense an alumnae of the same high school like Corpuz would also author her breakthrough win the same week. She’s also the first American to win the U.S. Women’s Open since 2016.

Corpuz was the only player to shoot under par for each round of the tournament.

Corpuz, a second-year pro out of USC, didn’t come into the tournament with the hype of some of the other stars like Nelly Korda, Rose Zhang, Jin Young Ko or others, but she’d been knocking on the door for a while.

In April, she entered the final round of the Chevron Championship in a share of the lead, but four bogeys on her front nine knocked her out of contention.

This time at Pebble, she entered the final round a shot back of Nasa Hataoka. As slow as she started the final round in Texas three months ago, she started Sunday just as fast. She birdied 1 and No. 3 to flip the script on Hataoka and never looked back. She took the solo lead for good with a birdie on 10

Even as Hull, who put together one of the low rounds of the tournament with a 66, closed to within two shots as Hataoka fell back, Corpuz slammed the door shut.

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