U.S. OPEN: Hickory’s Poston tees off in first major at 8:07 a.m. on Thursday

Published Thursday, June 15th, 2017


J.T. Poston, a former golf star at Hickory High and Western Carolina, is playing in the U.S. Open, which starts on Thursday with the first of four rounds./WESTERN CAROLINA PHOTO

ERIN, Wisc. – It’s a big day in the career of former Hickory High golfer J.T. Poston.

On Thursday at 8:07 a.m. EST, Poston joins Japan’s Yusaku Miyazato and Aaron Rai from England at the No. 1 tee to start the first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hill, Wisc.

It’s Poston first major on the PGA Tour – in his rookie season – and he’s the first Western Carolina golfer to play in the U.S. Open.

Poston qualified for the U.S. Open (this is the 117th) by winning a sectional qualifying tournament in Columbus, Ohio. He had rounds of 66, with 13 total birdies, to gain his Open spot.

He has played in 19 PGA Tour events so far this season, making the cut 15 times, and has one top 10 finish.

The four-round tournament in Wisconsin is being played on a course that was built in 2006, and it’s the first time the U.S. Open will be played on a par-72 since Pebble Beach in 1992.

Live coverage of Thursday’s first round is available from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on FS1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on FS1 and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on FOX.

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