CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Former Catamount men’s golfer J.T. Poston will enter his second major as a professional this week as he tees off in the 2019 PGA Championship. Originally on the list as an alternate, Poston received the call Tuesday that he would be in the 156-golfer field when Vijay Singh withdrew. His only other major came in 2017 at the U.S. Open.
Paired with fellow American golfers and former PGA Championship winners Jason Dufner and Jimmy Walker, Poston will tee off in the 7:40 a.m. group on the front nine. Tour names Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott are also in the 7:40 a.m. group but will tee off on the back nine.
This year’s PGA Championship is set for May 16-19 at the Bethpage Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York, marking the first time in the facility’s history that it will host the major. The field includes players from 30 of the 50 United States with 68 international players representing 26 countries. There are also 16 PGA Champions in the field including Master’s champion Tiger Woods and the defending event champion, Brooks Koepka.
According to Golf Digest, for the first time at a major – or any golf tournament for that matter – just about every player in the Official Golf World Ranking Top 100 will be on display at Bethpage Black.
Poston enters the week 68th in the FedEx Cup rankings with a seasonal scoring average of 70.725, having played in 19 events. He has made the cut 14 times this season, posting six top-25 finishes and a pair of top-10s coming with a sixth-place tie at the RBC Heritage (April 18-21) and a seventh-place tie at the Desert Classic (Jan. 17-20).
Originally from Hickory, North Carolina, but currently playing out of St. Simons Island, Georgia, Poston turned pro in 2015, joining the Web.com Tour in 2016 before earning his PGA Tour card in 2017.
A two-time All-American and three-time PING All-Region selection at Western Carolina, Poston claimed six individual medalist honors from 2011-15 and finished as the school’s all-time leader in career stroke average at 71.73 over 135 career rounds. He finished inside the individual top 10 all four years at the Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship, twice finishing in first place. Poston was a four-time All-Southern Conference selection that included garnering All-Freshman team honors in 2012 and collected a program-best three SoCon Men’s Golfer of the Week plaudits.
In the fall of 2013, Poston became just the second WCU men’s golfer all-time to top the GolfStat individual rankings at No. 1, joining his predecessor Matt Cook with that honor. Poston competed in the NCAA postseason regional fields in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and became the first Catamount men’s golfer to ever advance to the NCAA Championship field in 2015.
Practice rounds for the 101st PGA Championship began Monday and continue Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s opening-round tee times. Television coverage of the tournament will be split between TNT and CBS. The first two rounds, May 16-17, will be broadcast from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. on TNT with Saturday and Sunday coverage from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. also on the cable channel. CBS coverage of the third and fourth rounds on Saturday and Sunday begins at 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. both days (check local listings for channel assignments).