2023 John Deere Classic: Sepp Straka Wins

2023 John Deere Classic: Sepp Straka Wins

Sepp Straka’s Final-Round 62 Powers Him to Victory at John Deere Classic

It appeared that Brendon Todd would snap his three-year win drought at the 2023 John Deere Classic. He entered the final round with the lead and shot a solid 68 in the final round.

But Sepp Straka, opening the day in 14th, carded a 9-under 62 on Sunday to overtake Todd by two strokes to win a PGA Tour event for the second year in a row.

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After winning the Honda Classic in Feb. 2022 and reaching two more playoffs last year, Straka only recorded one top-five finish all year until he returned to the winner’s circle today.

“On this course there are so many birdies out there, you just need to keep your foot on the gas,” Straka, a native of Austria, said after the win.

After shooting a 28 on the front nine, the drama was whether Straka could tie the PGA Tour-record of 59 in a single round. It came down to the 18th hole, where Straka could’ve carded a 59 with a birdie on the par-4 hole.

Instead, his approach shot found the water. He ended up with a double-bogey 6 for a 62.

“Not a good shot; pulled it,” Straka said on the CBS broadcast. “I was really just trying to go middle of the green, let it feed down left toward the hole. Pulled it early, and the wind drove it over to the water. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the first bad shot I hit today, I think, so I’ll give myself a little bit of slack there.”

Todd wound up tied for runner-up with Alex Smalley at -19, which was two shots behind Straka’s 72-hole total of 263.

Not far behind Straka was rookie Ludvig Aberg. The 23-year-old Swede shot a 63 to end up tied for fourth. He’s made the cut in all six tournaments he’s played in this year and logged his fourth top-25 finish.

“I had a lot of fun, and I think that’s the biggest thing I’m going to take away,” he said. “Just that I had a lot of fun being close to the lead on Sunday.”

Aberg now can qualify for the Open Championship in two weeks if he finishes well at the Genesis Scottish Open next week.

Adam Schenk was tied with Aberg for fourth, followed by a seven-way tie for sixth among the following: Grayson Murray, Kevin Yu, Cameron Young, Mark Hubbard, Denny McCarthy, and the last two champions of this event—J.T. Poston and Lucas Glover.

Some of the lower-ranked players on the PGA Tour had a good chance to win this week with 41 of the top-50 in the Official World Golf Ranking taking the week off before big events in the next two weeks.

Up Next

Top stars on the PGA Tour head to the United Kingdom for the Genesis Scottish Open, which is a joint event with the DP World Tour. Members of the DPWT will also be coming to the U.S. for the Barbasol Championship. Both events will take place over the same weekend.

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