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SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — J.T. Poston made up for two back-nine bogeys with an eagle on the par-5 17th, shooting a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the John Deere Classic.

Trying to complete a wire-to-wire victory after tying for second last week in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, Poston made a 13 1/2-foot eagle putt on 17.

“That was huge kind of going into tomorrow,” Poston said about the eagle. “I wasn’t quite as sharp today off the tee and had to play a little defensive into some of the greens. Nice to put two good swings on there and make that putt to kind of capitalize and get some ground back that I had lost.”

He had a 19-under 194 total at TPC Deere Run.

Playing partner Denny McCarthy birdied the final two holes for a 66 to join Scott Stallings (64) and Emiliano Grillo (65) at 16 under.

“Was nice to finish that way,” McCarthy said. “Nice to make a putt on 18. Nice to see something go in going into tomorrow. It’s a good feeling to kind of feel like I got something out of round, birdieing the last two.”

Poston opened with rounds of 62 and 65 to take a four-stroke lead, then played the front nine in 3 under Saturday with birdies on Nos. 2, 5 and 8. He dropped a stroke on the par-3 12th, birdied the par-4 14th and bogeyed the par-4 15th before making the big putt on 17.

From Hickory, North Carolina, the 29-year-old Poston won the 2019 Wyndham Championship for his lone PGA Tour title.

“Just trying to stay patient and composed,” Poston said. “I’m not trying to get too ahead of myself. Just trying to take it one hole at a time. Being in this position, I’m trying to focus especially on the shot in front of me and do the best I can and go from there.”

Stalling birdied Nos. 15-17.

“Look forward to the opportunity.” Stallings said. “Today was a big step in the right direction to tomorrow.”

Grillo birdied four of the last five.

“Everybody is in the same situation,” Grillo said. “Everybody wants to win. Everybody wants to make the most out of it. Definitely going to be a tough battle tomorrow.”

Iowa native Zach Johnson, the 2012 winner, was 8 under after a 67 in his 20th consecutive start in the event. He also eagled 17.

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Today fans think Savannah Guthrie is ‘fake’ after gushing over ‘love’ for Hoda Kotb in 58th birthday tribute amid ‘feud’

THE TODAY Show fans have deemed Savannah Guthrie as "fake" after she posts a birthday tribute to her co-host Hoda Kotb.

The women have been in an ongoing feud, with a source claiming they "can't stand each other."

5Savannah Guthrie posts a birthday tribute to Hoda Kotb despite claims of a feudCredit: Instagram/Savannah Guthrie 5Savannah had snapped at Hoda in the pastCredit: Getty

Savannah celebrated Hoda's 58th birthday yesterday and expressed her "love" for the birthday girl in it.

The TODAY Show host posted four photos of the co-anchors together.

The first one was a framed photo of the two of them, smiling and hugging in a warm embrace.

The second was them hugging on the set of the show with huge smiles on their faces.

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The third and fourth photos show the women smiling and laughing, acting as though nothing is wrong.

In the last photo, the co-workers were even holding hands as they beamed for the camera.

"She is our sunshine. Happy birthday, @hodakotb!!!," the 50-year-old captioned the post.

Fans on Instagram called Savannah fake after sources claim that the two cannot stand each other.

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TODAY fans flocked to her post to comment on their feud.

"I hope you mean it! Be real get real," said one fan.

Another said: "She’s one class act! Beautiful in & out. Doesn’t have to try hard. Take notes Savannah!"

One Instagram user simply commented a side eye emoji.

"Hoping this is legit," wrote another.

A confused fan asked: "This is a joke right? They don't even work together anymore...if one is there the other isn't...hmmm."

"Savannah, you need to be nicer," offered one viewer.

"You're a snarky one to Miss Hoda. Be nice," said another.

One last fan simply added: "Oh please, Savannah!"


A source close to production on the Today Show exclusively told The Sun back in June that despite their sunny dispositions towards each other on-screen, behind the scenes Savannah and Hoda secretly "can't stand each other." 

The two appear to act as best friends on screen, however.

"Savannah is the boss. After Matt Lauer was ousted, Savannah grabbed power, and she really wanted Willy Geist in Hoda's role, but his ratings were just not up to par for the network." 

"Hoda out maneuvered Savannah and got the spot." 

Beyond that, the source added that Savannah "thinks of herself as a real news person," while Hoda is seen as "the lightweight that drank wine with Kathy Lee Gifford." 

"Savannah was the White House correspondent before getting the host job, which also explains her love for Jenna since her father was president."

Jenna Bush Hager's father is George W. Bush.

While Jenna is Hoda's co-host, the insider said she plays both sides between the women. 

"Jenna and Savannah are the best of friends, and they ice Hoda out.

"Jenna landed the best job on TV with zero experience- no one works people better than Jenna.

"She’s a master at playing the game," the insider added. 


Hoda and Savannah made history as the first pair of women to co-anchor the Today show after decades on the air. 

During a celebration for the show at The Paley Center last month, Savannah - who shared duties with former Today show anchor Matt Lauer prior to the 64-year-old's firing - spoke about Hoda coming in as his replacement. 

"All I know was in that moment, it felt like I could drown if Hoda hadn’t reached down and grabbed my hand. 

"I will always say she saved the show full stop. And holding hands with her and being like, 'We’re going to do this together,' meant everything to me. I don’t think I had the confidence by myself," Savannah said. 

The mother-of-two's kind words didn't end there as she continued to praise Hoda and the tight relationship they shared. 

"It’s wonderful to have a female partnership, but to me, to have this friend and cheerleader and partner, and I really feel that from her, and I hope we share that. 

"It’s incredible. I always say, 'I’ll hold my hands and close my eyes and go anywhere with you.' I would." 


During a cooking segment in July, Savannah and Hoda seemed to have some awkward tension between them.

They teamed up in the kitchen with cookbook author Elizabeth Heiskell.

While the female hosts attempted to help in the kitchen, both Al Roker and Craig Melvin sat at a table along with three Yankees players Gerrit Cole, Jose Trevino, and Anthony Rizzo.

The players were on a previous segment to talk about Yankees HOPE Week and were invited to try some of the food on-camera.

But fans noticed the segment spiraled quickly and turned awkward.

As the chef was speaking and Savannah was mixing a salad, Hoda walked over to the table and asked: "Wait - are we done?"

Savannah replied: "Yea that's it. Moving on. We'll just move on, we don't have time for all that," as she dismissively waved her hand in front of Hoda and cut off the guest from speaking.

Viewers could hear Hoda nervously laughing in the background as a close-up of the camera showed Savannah continuing to mix the salad.

An awkward pause ensued before the guest started talking again about farmer's market produce.

Fans noticed that the two Today hosts not only talked over each other but also over the guests in the segment.

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Savannah and Hoda are the first two females to co-host together in the history of the show.

However, the women have been each taking separate time off from the show after news of their feud was released.

5The TODAY Show hosts appear to be all smiles when the cameras are rollingCredit: Instagram/Savannah Guthrie 5Savannah holds onto Hoda's hand in a sweet birthday tributeCredit: Instagram/Savannah Guthrie 5Hoda used to host a segment with Kathie Lee Gifford becoming co-anchors with SavannahCredit: NBC

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