Monterey, California – Ted Potter Jr has had a tough go of it since winning the 2012 Greenbrier nearly six years ago. During the week of the Canadian Open in 2014, Potter slipped off a curb while wearing flip flops and broke his ankle. In the time since, he had lost his form and his tour card, but after firing a third round 62 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Potter found himself in the final group with world No.1 Dustin Johnson. It’s doubtful that anyone gave Potter a chance Sunday, but just like the other wizard with the same surname, sometimes the underdog and his determination can conquer all.
Potter did just that, after making birdie at the par 5 sixth, he chipped in on the iconic par 3 seventh, giving him a two shot lead – he never looked back.
In fact, after Potter 3 putted for bogey on the first, he played flawless golf, making par on the final 11 holes enroute to a final round 69 (-17) and a three shot victory. Despite being out distanced by 40 – 50 yards on every tee shot, Potter put on a clinic about how to play your own game, and not be in awe of your opponents skills.
The central Florida blue collar guy who battled thru numerous mini-tours, and a major injury is back in the winners circle defeating the World No.1 on one of the grandest stages of them all. With his status now secure, and entry into the biggest events now a certainty, the wizard is looking forward to a certain one in April. “It’s so good right now, Potter said. “To get my second career win after 5 years away from it, and going back to Masters will be a dream come true.”
Phil Mickelson shot a final round 67 to finish in a 4 way tie for second with DJ, Chez Reavie and Jason Day at -14.