A life-changing shot from 20 yards? This professional has one of the most “bloody” stories.

JT Poston was “crunching” on his phone. This was no different than what he was doing on the golf course until the storm came.

It’s only been seven years since that moment, and Poston remembers his growing up story. Many well-established pros have one — before then, they were just another hope, and thanks to that, they’re where they are now, and in Poston’s case, he’s now a two-time PGA Tour winner. But oh, just listen how Boston I got there.

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It was late April of 2016, and he was in southern Indiana, playing the United Leasing Championship on the now well-known Korn Ferry Tour. Poston was a star in college — six wins at Western Carolina — but he was struggling as a pro, though at United Leasing he weathered the Monday qualifying challenge and was now playing in his first tournament in the circuit just below the seniors.

Then he shot a 68 to make the cut, shooting a respectable third round 72.

Then it would float around the magic 25 streak, which puts you into the next week’s event.

Then it was 20 yards from the closed hole, Par-5 9th at the Victoria National.

Then the storm came.

“I couple go to the last hole. Nine is a birdie hole — not many at Victoria National — it’s Par-5, it’s accessible,” Poston said this week on GOLF’s lowly Podcast. “I hit a good drive, hit a second shot there, right in front of the green, maybe like a 20-yard chip, and they blew the horn for a thunderstorm. And so I knew—there aren’t many leaderboards in the front nine, so I knew I was playing well enough to be Close to that 25, but I wasn’t quite sure where I stood.

“And the whole weather delay, I’m just kind of grinding on my phone, going over scenarios – if I make a birdie, where do I go, do I need to do it, I think if I were to do that, I’d go T25, but there was a guy behind me who was in the lane , and he was on T25 making a birdie, knocking me out. So I remember kind of thinking about it, maybe I need to do this, but I definitely need to get it up and down.”

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What did Poston do after the rain delay?

“It was probably an hour and a half rain delay and they came back out and everybody hit the balls and I just went and hit 20-yard chips for about 15 minutes,” Poston said on the podcast.

And what did Poston do when he returned to the ninth?

“Sure, I flew them, I made three,” he said on the podcast.

And then what? Poston was on his way. He gained entry into the Rex Hospital Open the following week, finishing in third place. At the end of the season, he earned his PGA Tour card.

“This is the sickest… This is the sweetest,” said Subpar host Drew Stoltz.

“Imagine if that didn’t happen,” said Colt Nost, another Subber host.

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“People have asked me: Most clutch? Maybe. But it was definitely the biggest shot in my golf career, in terms of changing the kind of direction and path I was going on,” Poston said. “I would say there were probably some other picks that felt more clingable, like in some of the scenarios now. Because at the time, I was so naive — I knew I wanted to do it, I knew I wanted a Top 25, But there is no way I was going to know I was going to go jogging like I did and what that would mean.

“But, looking back, it’s pretty wild.”

“Imagine the same slide, lips, hitting something, hanging on lips, whatever,” Stoltz said. “Well, man is making a birdie behind you, No. 26. Now I got to Monday of next week; that’s hard as s**t; maybe don’t get in.”

“It was brutal,” Poston said. “One of those scenarios is, you get hot and start playing well during these golf spells and fortunately it lasted four or five months.”

To listen to the entire podcast, please click below.

Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

Golf.com editor

Nick Piastowski is a senior editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit a golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native probably plays the game, hitting the ball left, right, and short, and drinking cold beer to wash his score. You can reach out to him about any of these topics – his stories, his game or his beer – at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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