Sepp Straka, a stellar comeback and triumph


PGA Tour golfers look back on another week of hard work. In fact, the John Deere Classic 2023 ($7.4 million prize pool) has just ended, an event born in 1971 that historically leads the way to The Open Championship. Thanks to a dream last round Sepp Straka surprises everyone going up from 14th position to victory.

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The Austrian finishes at the top with an overall score of -21 (263 strokes), closing the Illinois event with a fourth round of -9 only spotted by the double bogey accrued on the 18th hole. The last hole which however did not compromise the progress by Straka, who despite the double error boasts a two-point lead over his closest pursuers named by the Americans Brendon Todd and Alex Smalley.

On the par 71 course of the TPC Deere Run in Silvis (Illinois, United States) in fourth position with a score of -18 we find the Swede Ludvig Aberg and the American Adam Schenk. The Chinese from Taipei Kevin Yu close the top ten in sixth place with -16, and the hosts Cameron Young, Grayson Murray, Mark Hubbard, Lucas Glover, J.T. Poston and Denny McCarthy. Excellent final round for Seamus Power. The Irishman places a solid -7 going up 26 positions up to the final 13th place. Disastrous epilogue instead for the American Kevin Roy, who gets lost in a nefarious +2 nullifying the chances of victories accrued until Saturday.

For Straka, a thirty-year-old from Vienna, the success achieved in Silvis is the third of his professional career, and the second on the PGA Tour after the 2022 Honda Classic. Next weekend, space for the Barbasol Championship ($3.8 million prize money) , and Genesis Scottish Open ($9 million prize pool), then it will be time for the Open Championship.

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