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Affrunti has solid weekend at John Deere Classic

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Joe Affrunti hits on the second tee during the final round of the John Deere Classic on Sunday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.

SILVIS – After building some confidence last week on the Web.com Tour, Joe Affrunti kept his momentum headed in the right direction this weekend at the John Deere Classic.

The Crystal Lake native capped a solid week with a 3-under-par 68 on Sunday at TPC Deere Run, making five birdies to go with a pair of bogeys.

After shooting four rounds in the 60s – he went 69-67-69-68 for an 11-under 273 – he was happy with one aspect of his game and not as pleased with another.

“My ball-striking was good enough to win,” the 31-year-old said, “but I didn’t make enough putts.

“My putter didn’t feel the best this week, but I’m swinging it good, and I played solid all week.”

Affrunti opened with two birdies, then bogeyed the third hole. After six straight pars, he birdied three of the next five holes to move to 12 under.

But a “silly” mistake on the par-4 15th cost him a shot, then he missed birdie putts on 17 and 18.

“I misjudged the wind on my tee shot on 15,” he said, “and couldn’t get up and down after the errant shot. Then, I had chances for birdies on the last two holes, and couldn’t knock them in.”

All in all, Affrunti deemed the weekend a success. After losing the Web.com event in a four-way playoff last week, he finished in the middle of the pack in a PGA tournament Sunday. He earned $22,875 for tying for 33rd place.

He had quite the crowd following him around Sunday as well, and the large gallery in the theater-type side-hill seating surrounding the 18th hole gave him a loud ovation.

“It was a lot of fun, and we had a great group of fans again today,” Affrunti said. “I’m swinging better after my shoulder surgery, and this was a good week for taking a lot more reps and getting comfortable with things again.”

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