Dylan Frittelli becomes the latest first-time PGA Tour winner at 2019 John Deere Classic
Silvis, IL – Dylan Frittelli is no stranger to winning. The 29-year-old South African won the Junior World Golf Championship in 2007, holed the winning putt for the Texas Longhorns at the 2012 NCAA Championship, and notched two career wins on the European Tour. Now, he adds PGA Tour winner to his resume after shooting -21 at the 2019 John Deere Classic.
Frittelli joins college teammate Jordan Spieth on the list of players who earned their first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic. After playing solid golf all week long with rounds of 66, 68, and 65, Frittelli saved his best for last, shooting a bogey-free 64 in the final round to come from two strokes back With the win, Frittelli claimed the final spot in The Open Championship next week at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
Frittelli made a clutch birdie on 17 and made par on the last to finish two ahead of Russell Henley, who shot a final round 61 to claim solo second. Henley, who has had a down year to this point, will take a lot of confidence from his performance this week. In addition to his opening round 64, his final round 61 was the lowest round carded during a week when nearly everyone was posting numbers well below par.
Andrew Landry had a solid week but lost ground to the field on Sunday after shooting -2 in his final round and finished in solo third at -18. Finishing one back of Landry in a tie for fourth were Chris Stroud and PGA Tour rookie and runner-up at last week’s 3M Championship, Collin Morikawa.
Other players who put in notable performances at the 2019 John Deere Classic include Viktor Hovland, who closed with a 64 and finished T16 at -14 in his quest to gain status on the PGA Tour; Nick Watney, who finished T6 at -16 and showed more signs of re-emerging from the golfing wilderness; and Lucas Glover who finished T10 at -15 to notch his second top 10 in a row.
Next week, the world’s top players head to Northern Ireland to compete in The Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Many of the PGA Tour players not in the field there will head to Kentucky to take part in the Barbasol Championship.
Dylan Frittelli What’s In The Bag
3 wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 15° (Mitsubishi Diamana RF 70TX)
Putter: Odyssey EXO Stroke Lab 2-Ball
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X Triple Track