J.T. Poston wins first PGA Tour title; Cal alum Byeong Hun An finishes third

J.T. Poston kept racking up birdies and pars — but no bogeys — at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. They added up to his first PGA Tour victory — and a first-time-in-decades achievement.

Poston shot an 8-under-par 62 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Webb Simpson and two-shot edge over Cal alum Byeong Hun An in the tour’s regular-season finale.

Poston finished at 22-under 258 to become the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to win a 72-hole stroke-play event on tour without any bogeys or worse.

“I probably haven’t had that many bogey-free rounds this year,” Poston said. “To be able to do four in a row is pretty special, and finish it off with a 62 on Sunday is pretty awesome.”

Poston began his round three strokes behind An, who led after each of the first three rounds. Poston took the lead for good with a birdie on the par-5 15th hole, then finished with three consecutive pars to earn $1,116,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points.

Simpson was at 21-under after a 65 and An three-putted the 18th for a bogey and a 67 to finish at 20-under.

“Nothing was really working at the end,” An said. “I just ran out of juice.”

LPGA Tour: In her major championship debut, Hinako Shibuno holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Lizette Salas in the Women’s British Open in Milton Keynes, England.

Shibuno, 20, birdied five of the final nine holes for a 4-under 68 and an 18-under 270 total at Woburn Golf Club.

“I can’t really describe in words what I’m feeling,” Shibuno told LPGA.com through an interpreter before adding, “I’m also hungry.”

Salas finished with a 65.

Jin Young Ko, who was seeking her third major title of the year after winning the Evian Championship a week earlier in France, was two shots back after a bogey-free 66. Morgan Pressel (67) was fourth at 15-under.

Korn Ferry Tour: Zac Blair won the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward to wrap up a PGA Tour card for next season.

Blair closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Brandon Crick. Blair jumped from 31st to 10th in the standings, with the top 25 after the regular-season finale next week earning PGA Tour cards.

Blair finished at 17-under 263 in the tournament, which will not return to the Bay Area next year.

Stanford alum Maverick McNealy (69) was third at 15-under. He also locked up a tour card, going from 28th to 20th.

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