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FSU golfer Luke Clanton finishes T2 at John Deere Classic on PGA Tour

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SILVIS, Ill. – Florida State junior Luke Clanton birdied four of his last five holes – including his final three of the afternoon – and closed with a 63 in the fourth round to finish in a tie for second place at the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour at the TPC Deere Run. With his runner-up finish, Clanton became the first amateur with top-10 finishes in back-to-back starts on the PGA Tour since Billy Joe Patton in the 1957 U.S. Open and 1958 Masters.

“It’s been awesome the last couple of weeks,” Clanton told a national television audience on CBS following his round. “Being in the last couple of groups and having the chance to win a golf tournament; that’s kind of what we dream for, and look for. It’s been unbelievable.”

Clanton worked his way up the John Deere leaderboard with a clean card on Sunday – eight birdies and 10 holes at par. He scored no holes above par during his final round. He birdied six of his nine holes on his back nine to finish with his second score of 63 during the championship. Clanton also carded a 63 in the tournament’s first round. He carded 26 birdies and one eagle in finishing as the low amateur in a PGA Tour event for the second consecutive week.

FSU golfer Luke Clanton finished as runner-up at the 2024 John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.FSU golfer Luke Clanton finished as runner-up at the 2024 John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.

FSU golfer Luke Clanton finished as runner-up at the 2024 John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.

Clanton was tied for sixth and was the highest placing amateur after 54 holes. He finished the third of four rounds just five strokes out of the lead after carding three rounds in the 60’s. He began play on Sunday looking to earn his first win on the PGA Tour, and his second consecutive top-10 finish. Clanton held a share of the lead during the third round of the championship.

Clanton was tied for fourth in the standings after two days of the John Deere Classic (63-67-130). He is just two strokes off the lead of C.T. Pan. He was six strokes under par with 1 eagle and 4 birdies on his final 12 holes in the second round.

Clanton shot an 8-under 63 in the first round and was in a tie for fourth place following the first 18 holes of play. He recorded nine birdies and one bogey en route to his impressive 8-under par score.

Clanton is third in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and finished the college season as the highest-ranked player in the NCAA Golf rankings.

Clanton, who set the Florida State record for the lowest single-season stoke average (69.33) this past season, was a Jack Nicklaus and Haskins Award finalist as a sophomore. He earned All-American First-Team, All-Southeast, and All-ACC honors as he led the Seminoles to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship Finals at the Omi La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. In May.

Clanton, a rising junior at Florida State, and his Seminole teammates begin their 2024-25 schedule at the Folds of Honor Collegiate at Grand Haven, Mich. (Sept. 9-11).

Clanton’s Recent Results/Upcoming Schedule

June 13-16: US Open (T41, 76-69-69-74=288; 2nd Lowest Amateur; One of two amateurs in the top 50)

June 27-30: PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage (T10, 69-68-75-72=274; Low Amateur; Only Amateur in the top 40)

July 4-7: PGA Tour John Deere Classic (T2, 63-67-67-63=260; Low Amateur)

July 11-14: PGA Tour ISCO Championship (Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Kentucky)

July 25-28: PGA Tour 3M Open (TPC Twin Cities, Blaine Minn.)

August 12-18: US Amateur (Hazeltine National Colf Club, Chaska, Minn.)

This article originally appeared on Tallahassee Democrat: Luke Clanton finishes second at John Deere Classic on the PGA tour

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