Ted Potter outplays Dustin Johnson and wins Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — For one day during Pebble Beach, Ted Potter Jr. was improved than a best in a world.

Look behind even further, and his three-shot feat in a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is even some-more remarkable.

He played so many mini-tour events that he mislaid lane of how many he won, some of them usually two-day tournaments that paid adequate for a week’s value of food and gas. His biggest paycheck was $33,000. More recently, Potter was out of golf for dual years recuperating from a damaged ankle that compulsory dual surgeries — one to insert 12 screws and dual plates, another to mislay all that hardware. There was no pledge he would make it back.

Potter started a final turn Sunday tied with Dustin Johnson, a No. 1 actor in a universe for a final year. Throughout a day, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day any finished a run during a 34-year-old Floridian who had 46 missed cuts and usually 4 tip 10s in his prior 83 starts on a PGA Tour.

Potter kick them all.

He was a one chatting with Clint Eastwood and posing with a clear prize that comes with a $1,332,000 check and a lapse to a Masters.

“I’m so happy right now to get it finished today, generally opposite a universe No. 1, personification with him today,” Potter said. “The win here during Pebble is usually unbelievable.”

Just don’t call it a fluke.

Potter sealed with a 3-under 69 and didn’t dump a shot after a three-putt spook on a opening hole. Making it worse was personification in a trio behind a foursome in a pro-am format, carrying too many time to cruise about a stage, a contenders and a opportunity.

He never flinched.

The pivotal impulse came behind a immature on a par-3 seventh, a many lifelike during Pebble Beach. He and Johnson were corresponding in light severe to a organisation immature that ran divided from them. Johnson chipped easily to 4 feet. Potter put a small some-more loft on his shot and holed it for a birdie and a two-shot lead.

No one got closer a rest of a way.

He wound adult winning by 3 shots over Johnson (72), Mickelson (67), Day (70) and Chez Reavie (68).

Potter stepped awkwardly off a quell during a Canadian Open in 2014 and pennyless his ankle so badly that he didn’t play another contest until Canada dual years later. He wound adult carrying to work his proceed behind to a PGA Tour by a developmental debate final year.

The 18th hole gave him copiousness of time to cruise how distant he had come.

Day, perplexing to make eagle for his usually possibility during winning, bending a motorist off a rug over a sea wall. He found a turn on a reduction of silt and pebbles and played it off a beach , over a sea wall, over a immature and into a bunker. Troy Merritt strike his shot into a cypress tree in front of a 18th immature and it stayed adult there, definition he had to go behind and play another shot.

Potter waited patiently, tapped in for a standard to finish during 17-under 270 and usually afterwards did he uncover how many it meant. His voice choked with emotion.

“It’s been a struggle,” he said. “You mangle your ankle and we don’t know what’s going to occur with your swing, with your career. It’s unimaginable right now. … This has been a blast this week.”

It was another beating for Johnson going into a final round. He now won usually 5 out of 12 times when he took during slightest a share of a 54-hole lead into a final round. He fell behind Sunday with a tee shot so bad on a par-3 fifth that it sailed over a corner of a precipice and he did good to shun with bogey, and afterwards a shot he misjudged in a tough breeze on No. 8 that went into a behind fort for another bogey.

“A few iron shots cost me a few bogeys,” pronounced Johnson, who played Pebble in 70-72 on a weekend. “Two underneath in 36 holes is not too good as good as we suspicion we was playing. I’d like to have put a small some-more vigour on Ted.”

Mickelson began his pierce late with 3 birdies in a four-hole widen finished during a par-3 17th . Needing an eagle to have any chance, his proceed to a 18th was a few yards brief and found a bunker. He unsuccessful to get adult and down.

Mickelson had his tip finish given he was runner-up to Henrik Stenson in a 2016 British Open. Coming off a tie for fifth during a Phoenix Open, this is a initial time he has put together uninterrupted tip 5s given he won back-to-back in 2013 during a Scottish Open and British Open.

“I finished a few good birdies entrance down a widen there to feel a nerves again,” Mickelson said. “Unfortunately, it’s not enough, though it was a good week, a lot of fun, ideal continue and unequivocally had a good time.”

Reavie, a playoff crook in Phoenix final week, went out in 31 and was during 15 under, dual shots behind. He finished 8 pars and a spook on a behind nine, with many of a repairs entrance on a crowd that came adult brief and into a fort on a par-5 14th. With back-to-back runner-up finishes, Reavie goes to No. 43 in a world.

Potter now has a two-year grant on a PGA Tour, along with removing spots in a Masters and PGA Championship.

The other contest also was a runaway. Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald teamed with Kevin Streelman to win a pro-am by 7 shots.

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