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John Deere Classic review: Inspired Straka takes title with a Sunday 62

Sepp Straka recorded a sensational final round to celebrate his second PGA Tour title with victory at the John Deere Classic.

The Austrian carded a nine-under-par round of 62 to hold off the challenge of Brendon Todd and Alex Smalley, who finished in a tie for second.

There’s also a special mention for amateur Michael Thorbjornsen, who finished -14 in a tie for 17th - helped by a second round 63.

The victory though means Straka, who started the week in Illinois with a 73, will move into the top-50 of the FedEx Cup standings.

Straka could claim Ryder Cup spot

It has been an up and down year so far for the 30-year-old, who has missed four cuts but claimed two top-10s prior to his tournament success at TPC Deere Run.

The victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that he was +2 after the opening round, 11 shots behind the first-round leader, Jonas Blixt.

Straka made sure of his place at the weekend with a second round 63, before carding rounds of 65 and 62 on Saturday and Sunday.

The final 18 holes saw Straka fire nine birdies and one eagle heading to the 18th and, although he racked up a double-bogey at the last, he still had a two-shot cushion.

The Austrian will certainly have caught the eye of Luke Donald and he will undoubtedly be under consideration for a Ryder Cup wildcard spot, if he fails to qualify automatically for the European team, who are +170 to win the match outright.

Young on the way back

Having finished T7 at the Masters, Cameron Young has struggled since Augusta with no Top-20 finishes and two missed cuts before the this weekend.

The world number 19 was the highest-ranked player in the field and there were much better signs for the man from New York.

Young finished T6 on -16 after an impressive first couple of rounds, carding 65 and 64, before a third-round 71 set him back.

A final round 68 was a decent fightback and it could have been even better but for two frustrating dropped shots at 10 and 18.

That display will give the 26-year-old real hope that his first PGA Tour title is not too far away, with Young +4500 to win the Open Championship later this month.

Schenk a form player to watch

Another golfer still seeking his debut win on the PGA Tour is Adam Schenk and he is also looking like a winner in the making.

The 31-year-old claimed a fifth top-10 finish of the year and four of those have come in his last six tournaments.

After losing in a play-off at the Charles Schwab Challenge in May, he then finished T7 in the Memorial Tournament, despite an opening round 75.

Missed cuts at the US Open and Travelers Championship may have dented his confidence, but his T4 finish in Illinois came off the back of a seventh-placed spot at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

McCarthy heads to the Open on a high

Outside the top-20 players in the world, there are not many players in better form than Denny McCarthy, who collected a sixth top-10 finish of the season.

The 30-year-old put himself in a position to win with rounds of 68, 64 and 66, before a final-round 70 saw him finish five shots adrfit of winner Straka.

McCarthy is another still seeking a first PGA title, but it is likely to come before the end of the season if his recent run of form continues.

In his last eight tournaments, the world number 32 has finished T11-T8-T29-CUT-T2-T20-T7-T6 and will head to Holylake as a +12500 shot to win the Open Championship.

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