Pebble Beach Pro-Am grades: Ted Potter Jr. stuns Dustin Johnson, wins by 3 strokes

Dustin Johnson swings a golf bar as if somebody stranded a Greek God on a ideal pendulum. Ted Potter Jr. swings a golf bar like he’s perplexing to kill a annoying mosquito he competence be means to see. Johnson has 6 top-five finishes during a ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Potter has 6 top-10 finishes on a PGA Tour — ever. The dual were tied during 14 underneath after 54 holes during this event.

Guess that one shot 69 on Sunday to win a 2018 Pebble Beach Pro-Am by 3 strokes?

Yeah, it wasn’t Johnson. Potter somehow stared down a No. 1 actor in a universe on Sunday and left him empty-handed. Potter strike 12 of 14 fairways, frequency missed greens by some-more than a few yards, done each putt he indispensable to and parred his approach in from a eighth hole to a finish of a day. It competence have done for some tedious television, though a win was clearly a disturb for him.

“It’s really pleasing,” Potter told Peter Kostis of CBS Sports after a feat as his voice cracked. “It was a onslaught there [Potter pennyless his ankle a few years ago and took a while to come back]. It’s unimaginable right now. To get my second career win after 5 years divided from it. Going behind to a Masters is going to be another dream come true. This has usually been a blast this week.”

To call Potter, age 34, a journeyman is to provoke journeymen. This was his 84th career start on a PGA Tour (he has had 110 on a Tour). He missed each cut in all 24 tournaments he entered on a Tour in 2004. His usually PGA Tour feat came during a 2012 Greenbrier Classic, and he has usually 9 top-10 finishes on a PGA Tour given that season.

And yet, he sealed out a weekend with a 62 on Saturday and that 69 on Sunday. He now finds himself in a 2018 Masters and with a PGA Tour label for another dual years. Professional golf is good given a tip players in a universe are magical. Professional golf is special because, in theory, Potter can win each contest he plays in (and infrequently does). 

On a Sunday when nobody — including yours truly — gave him even a request of galloping with a racer like D.J., Potter did all right, done usually one spook (at a initial hole) and achieved a lifelong dream of winning on a PGA Tour (again). The many doubtful champion surfaced not usually Johnson though also Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth on Sunday during one of a many famous courses in a world.

Golf, it’s a best. And for one week, so was Potter.

Here are a rest of a grades for a 2018 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Rory McIlroy (MC): It was a unsatisfactory week for McIlroy, generally after he sniffed a lead following a 4-under 68 in Round 1. As he remarkable in his post-round talk with CBS Sports’ Dottie Pepper on Saturday, we can’t strike 16 greens in law in Round 2 and fire 3 over. 

Still, he seemed unfazed by it all, as we should be when you get to spend a week with your pops personification some of a best golf courses in a world. Based on his initial dual starts on a European Tour, that resulted in top-five finishes, I’m not going to get too dismissed adult about dual bad rounds during Pebble. A improved test, to me, will come subsequent week when McIlroy visits Riviera. Grade: D-

39 putts doesn’t seem so bad when we can finish a day looking during this! Grateful to be spending a week here with people we love.

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Jordan Spieth (T20): He didn’t defend, though Spieth did have a flattering plain week. He putted distant improved than he has in new weeks, that is a trend that has been arrangement itself during a past few years with Spieth and this event. Spieth stumbled home a bit on Sunday and done bogeys on 3 of his final 9 holes before finale with a birdie. After a front-nine 33 on Sunday, his bad play down a widen was a usually thing between him and a top-10 finish. 

“I done a lot of swell this week,” Spieth told Peter Kostis of CBS Sports on Saturday. “Last week in Phoenix, we missed a cut and came adult here kind of searching. we seemed to kind of found some answers to some problem areas.” He reiterated a same trope on Sunday. Grade: B-

Phil Mickelson (T2): Mickelson infrequently finished in a tip 5 in spook deterrence this week. He done 48 pars, that is like a normal tellurian creation 71 in a 72-hole event. 

Despite that un-Mickelsonian four-round display, Lefty overwhelmed off his second top-five finish in as many weeks. And usually like final week, Mickelson came to a 72nd hole perplexing to hole out an unfit shot. If him being in row though not winning formula in bonkers attempts to hole absurd shots, afterwards I’m here for a near-misses. Also, a suspicion we had this week that we shouldn’t share: How good would Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in a final pairing on Sunday during a Masters be? Grade: A

Dustin Johnson (T2): He usually didn’t have his things on Sunday. D.J. shot a 1-over 73 and strike his manacles as feeble as he has in many, many years. Still, he has 3 top-five finishes in his 3 starts on a PGA Tour during a 2017-18 deteriorate (only Justin Rose and Potter have beaten him), and he’ll be in a spotlight as a fortifying champion subsequent week during a Genesis Open. Buy batch while we can. Grade: A-

Jason Day (T2): we competence have been catastrophically wrong in my prophecy final year that Day would never win again. Not usually did he already win again (at a Farmers Insurance Open dual weeks ago), though he looks staid to do so mixed times on a PGA Tour this year. 

The funniest partial of his week was in a pre-tournament presser when he pronounced he loves this eventuality given we can “take your time, take some-more time than we expected would have. You don’t have to feel like you’re rushed.” This from a man who played for 8 hours on a Sunday usually dual weeks ago! Grade: A

Larry Fitzgerald (Win): Life isn’t satisfactory sometimes. Not usually was Fitzgerald sanctified with a set of some of a biggest hands of all time, though he’s apparently good during golf, too. OK, a 13 encumber competence have been a little, uh, questionable. But he ran divided with a pledge pretension with shots like this one. Grade: A+

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