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 Web.com Tour). He missed each cut in all 24 tournaments he entered on a Web.com 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-
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), 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+