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THE BATTLE IN THE HEAT is over and Dylan Frittelli, from Johannesburg South Africa is your 2019 John Deere Classic Champion.
Frittelli (-21) won by two shots over Russell Henley (-19).
Who would have thought that Henley, who tee’d off 2 1/2 hours before the leaders, would have a chance to win.
Not Henley, who thought several players would make enough birdies to blow past him in the end. In the end, only Frittelli did.
Henley shot a 10 under par 61, the low round of the week. But it was one for the record books, because it was the low final round in the tournaments 49 year history.
Because Henley came into the week, riding on a run of four-straight missed cuts. He didn’t have much in expections, therefore the ending must have caught him by surprise. What appeared to hurt Henley after his early finish, was that he missed a golden opportunity to birdie the par 5, 17th hole. Because his 8 foot birdie attempt, was pushed a bit, said Henley. In the end, had he made it, he would have lost by 1 shot instead of two.
But at 20 under par, it could have affected how Frittelli played the final holes. Sitting on a 1-shot lead instead of a two shot lead, on the PGA Tour is a big difference.
The final pairing of the day, had the third round leaders who never got going on Sunday.
Cameron Tringalen was not making birdies, while Andrew Landry made a few birdies early. But his climb to get back on top, ran out of steam. A key bogey on 15 wiped out any chance for the comeback. But then all Landery could do was make pars on holes 16-17-18.
If your windering who Dylan Frittelli is, you missed him being the star of a golf video. The video was Frittelli sinking a 30 foot putt back in 2012, to win the NCAA National Championship for the University of Texas. Where he was then immediately mobbed on the green by his teammates. One of those teammates, was 2013 and 2015 John Deere Classic Champion Jordan Spieth.
Frittelli with the win, not only earned just over $1,000,000 million dollars, he grabbed the final spot in the this weeks British Open. Frittelli said he has played Royal Portrush in tournaments a couple of times. So he won’t need as many practice rounds. When last seen at Deere Run on Sunday night. Frittelli and his team were headed to the airport to board the John Deere charter plane, to that goes right to that Open Championship.
Safes travels. And congratulations on being the 23rd player to win for the first time, on the PGA Tour and having that win come in the Quad Cities.