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After a month straight of playoff finishes, the AT&T Professional-Am dulled the Sunday night dramatics. What it lacked in drama, it made up for with an awesome underdog story. With superstars Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, and the red-hot Chez Reavie all close to the highest of the leaderboard, it was profession journeyman and 243rd world ranked golfer Ted Potter Jr. who held all of them off in a shocking upset.
If you do not know a lot about Ted Potter Jr. do not feel dangerous, nearly all of his opponents could not decide him out of a crowd of barflies. Potter Jr. appears to be like extra just like the man you’d discover on the 19th gap of your native public golf course, than a man who simply clinched a visit to the Masters whereas staring down the primary golfer on this planet all day.
Much more impressively, he was in a position to win simply separating himself by three photographs from the 4 runner ups. Saturday was the place the actual shock got here as Potter was 11 – beneath via 15 holes at Monterey Peninsula. With a authentic probability to shoot 59, he would bogey his ultimate two holes and end with a nine-under 62.
After a three-putt to begin his spherical Sunday, it appeared one of many head-honchos would surpass him as he’d choke away his Sunday lead, however that by no means occurred. He rebounded with 4 birdies via the subsequent six holes to leap out to a cushty lead, and he by no means gave it again. The situations obtained harder, colder, windier, however Potter Jr. gave nothing again, making par on his ultimate 11 holes. Whereas Dustin Johnson would blast his drives 50 yards previous Potter all day, he proved distance is not the whole lot as he obtained it accomplished with stable iron-shots, a artful brief recreation, and clutch placing. It was Potter’s second profession PGA victory, and his first on Tour since profitable at Greenbrier in 2012.
From Pebble to Los Angeles, the Tour strikes down the California Coast to Riviera Nation Membership for the Genesis Open (previously the Northern Belief, Nissan Open, Los Angeles Open).
We’re again to common particular person stroke-play golf the place there aren’t any celebrities alongside. There will probably be handful of celebrities throughout the golf world competing towards one another, together with the G.O.A.T relating to fame (for higher or for worse) and golf, Tiger Woods. Tiger will play for the second time in 2018 this week. A great consequence right here will actually get the hype prepare going for.
four. Rory McIlroy
three. Phil Mickelson
2. Paul Casey
1. Jordan Spieth
The Euro Tour will ship over some extra star energy with Alex Noren, Charl Schwartzel, Martin Kaymer, Tommy Fleetwood, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Branden Grace, and Thomas Pieters enjoying this week.
From the younger weapons part Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Daniel Berger, Bryson DeChambeau, Austin Prepare dinner, Cameron Smith, Ollie Schniederjans, and Beau Hossler will all be in attendance.
Then you have got your achieved Tour gamers in Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott, Matt Kuuuuuchar, Tony Finau, Charley Hoffman, Invoice Haas, Pat Perez, JB Holmes, Bubba Watson, Johnny Vegas, Jimmy Walker, Shane Lowry, and the just lately scorching Chez Reavie and Kevin Streelman. Oh, and we won’t overlook about our boy Ted Potter Jr.