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The 19th Hole: Potter’s Touch

Even as the big names nipped at his heels, Ted Potter Jr. had ice water in his veins. And at the end of Sunday’s final round, Potter stood alongside the shore of the Pacific Ocean with a career-changing win, his second PGA Tour triumph, in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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Potter ended up three shots clear of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Chez Reavie for the win, his first since capturing the Greenbrier Classic back in 2012.

Potter has won on tours all around the country on his way up to the big stage, ranging from the Moonlight Golf Tour to the NGA Hooters Tour to eventually the Web.com Tour, where two victories in 2011 got Potter to the big tour.

He broke through that next year but then struggled a bit since both with play and injury, which included a broken ankle in July 2014 that kept him out for nearly two seasons.

Sunday, Potter found his way to the top again, even as he had Johnson staring him down.

“I’m so happy right now to get it done today, especially against the world No. 1, playing with him today,” Potter said. “And to win here at Pebble is just unbelievable.”

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Larry Legend

Larry Fitzgerald has thrilled football crowds for many years catching passes in the Arizona desert. And clearly, he’s spent some time in the offseason on that state’s many golf course options.

Fitzgerald and pro partner Kevin Streelman rolled to the Pro-Am division title at the event by seven strokes, bolstered by Streelman’s top-10 finish and multiple good shots by Fitzgerald, who plays off a 13 handicap but looked considerably better.

“I’m out of my comfort zone,” Fitzgerald said. “This is not like my profession. This is a passion of mine. I’m not great by any stretch of the imagination but it was wonderful to be able to participate in it.”

 

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The Genesis Open comes to a classic PGA Tour venue, Riviera Country Club, for this week’s stop.

And the most familiar face in the game will be there, as Tiger Woods returns to his former hometown for the event.

Woods has played twice in his latest comeback effort, including a tie for 27th in the Farmers Insurance Open a few weeks back.

Two points from that – if Tiger Woods is going to be thrilled with a tie for 27th, it may be time to do something else. However, it’s also a nice step from a guy who hadn’t made a cut in a couple of years.

We’ll see if he can make another solid step this week.

 

DJ to No. 1

Dustin Johnson’s 2018 has been strong, to say the least. He won by a whopping eight shots at the Tournament of Champions the first week of January, and his tie for 2nd at Pebble Beach has him firmly entrenched now at No. 1 in the world rankings.

“Still a good week, T-2, I guess is not terrible, but I would like to have put a little more pressure on Ted.”

Johnson spent the week at Pebble partnered with his more famous father-in-law – hockey’s all-time leading scorer, Wayne Gretzky.

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