Potter Jr. Wins Pro-Am
Before this week, the name Ted Potter Jr. might have been in the back of some avid golf fan’s mind, but even then the cobwebs would likely need to be dusted off before remembering he won the Greenbrier Classic in 2012.
Potter Jr. is a renowned name on the mini-tours, winning NGA Hooters Tour player of the year twice, and he had a breakout season in 2011 in what was then the Nationwide Tour. But when it comes to the PGA Tour, it is a different story. Not that Potter Jr. has not had a decently successful career, however, his performance on the PGA Tour amounts to nothing compared to his success on the lower tours.
But now he has two very good wins under his belt. While it is not normally a field with very many big names, the Greenbrier Classic has become a fan-favorite on tour. Many remember Potter’s playoff victory there over Troy Kelly. Since then, the name Ted Potter Jr. seemed to disappear. That was until a remarkable weekend.
At the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Potter Jr. beat out names such as Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and world number one Dustin Johnson to capture his second career PGA Tour victory. His score of seventeen under (-17) was good enough for a three-shot victory. Potter Jr.’s victory this time sure was sweeter than the last, as it propelled him from 117 all the way to 15 in the FedEx Cup Rankings.
His victory continues the trend of relatively smaller names and new faces appearing in the winner’s circle. Will Potter’s success this week parlay into an even more successful 2018 season?