Webb Simpson, another North Carolina who ran for 2011 Wyndham for the second time, birdied the 18th hole to shoot 65 and finish second, one shot behind.
"Congrats to J.T., he played phenomenally today," Simpson said. "Happy for him. He's a young player, such a nice kid, so I'm happy for him."
Simpson wasn't the only one; this was, to put it mildly, a popular victory. In addition to his grandparents, Poston's mother, Cheryl, and father, Ty, were here. His brother, Bailey. His coach, John McNeely, gave him a lesson on his meeting just days before the tournament began, which proved to be very helpful. Cousins. Friends
Also on the moon were teammates Patton Kizzire, who were waiting behind the green for Poston to roll in the testimonial 4-footer for 18, and Denny McCarthy, who did not return in time.
"I'm in the middle of a laundry cycle at the hotel," McCarthy said with a laugh. "And I've just left my clothes in the wash now. I wouldn't miss that. He's been a great friend to me for the past two years and he deserves that much. He's always shot me a text when I'm successful, or when I'm down. "
Keith Mitchell, who won the Honda Classic earlier this season and lives with Poston as a housekeeper on Island. Simons, Georgia, tried to catch his breath in front of the TV at home. Post was there waiting for Mitchell when he won The Honda, and Mitchell was so badly wanted to return the favor that he said he was trying to rent a plane to get to Greensboro just in time to watch the back nine. Alas, he was told that the weather was too bad.
"We tried everything," Mitchell texted.
Poston visited West Carolina in tiny Cullowhee, about three and a half hours away, and his mother reported seeing abundant cleanup Catamounts at Sedgefield.
"It's amazing how many people were here pulling for him," said McNeely, his coach.
No one, however, had as interesting an involvement as Poston's grandfather.
Cunningham, who played in two US Senior Amateurs and two British Senior Amateurs, used to drive Post and his friends to junior tournaments, and before that he cut a persimmon 5-wood, sacked the sole and pulled out the weight to create. the child's first club. Post was 3.
"I can remember as a kid following him to the goal, and taking that 5-wood and just hitting balls for hours and loving every minute of it," said Poston, who moved to 27th in the FedExCup and qualified for the Tournament. from Masters and Sentinel of Champions, among other elite events. "I mean, our relationship, a lot of it went around golf. … I learned from him just by looking at him and how he behaved when I was a kid. "
Cunningham had some health problems and could not attend many tournaments, but he walked the front nine on Sunday before heading out for some lunch. He came back and made six holes from the back nine. He said Poston was 12 or 13 years old when he hit his grandfather for the first time.
"I think he shot 76 and I shot 77," Cunningham said. "It wasn't an easy course. I still got that scorecard."
The sand castle will not last. The rains will come, even if they have mercy withstood 72 holes, and his name will be dissolved. But it will be on a plaque on the Champions Wall behind the ninth green. That will last, and so will the memory of being defeated before the man who started it all, the man he calls Pa Doc.
"For him to be here," Poston said, "this is something I'll never forget."