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Potter joins Johnson in share of the lead at Pebble Beach

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The last time there was a tie at the top through 54 holes at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was 2013, when James Hahn and eventual champion Brandt Snedeker were tied at 12-under 202. Since 2000, the 54-hole leader/co-leader has gone on to win 10 times, including four of the last five winners: Jordan Spieth/2017, Brandt Snedeker/2015/2013, Jimmy Walker/2014, Dustin Johnson/2010, Phil Mickelson/2007/2005.

Through 13 events in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season, only six players have converted a 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory. Most recently, Dustin Johnson did so at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The largest come-from-behind win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is seven shots by Davis Love III in 2001 and Bob Rosburg in 1961.

Beginning on No. 10 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Ted Potter, Jr. made birdies at Nos. 10-13, 15, 1, 2, 4 and 6, good for a career-low, 9-under 62. He was 11-under through 16 holes, before succumbing to back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 8 and 9. In addition to his nine birdies, Potter made an eagle-three at No. 16.

Potter’s 61 supplants his career-low round on the PGA TOUR of 64 (six times). Potter’s 61 falls one stroke shy of Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s course record of 60 (Sung Kang/R2/2016).

Potter is making his fourth start in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week, and first since 2014 (MC). He missed the cut in 2012 and finished T16 in 2013. En route to that T16 finish in 2013, Potter was T1 through 36 holes.

Prior to round three this week, Potter’s lowest score in 12 rounds in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was 67 (R1, R2/2013/T16). In his most recent start on the PGA TOUR before this week, Potter opened the Farmers Insurance Open with a 6-under 66 to sit one shot off the lead. Ensuing rounds of 75, 74, 82 resulted in a T73 finish.

Potter, winner of the 2012 The Greenbrier Classic, made a return to the PGA TOUR this season by virtue of his 10th-place finish on the 2017 Tour priority list. On that Tour last year, he collected two runner-up showings and 15 made cuts in 22 starts.

Potter is making his ninth start of the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season, with a T13 at The RSM Classic his best showing. This week marks his fourth made cut of the season.

World No. 1 and two-time AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner Dustin Johnson made an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys to post a 2-under 70 at Pebble Beach in round three to get to 14-under 201.

In his last nine rounds at Pebble Beach, Johnson is a combined 32-under par and has played each of those nine rounds with a sub-par score. Johnson’s final-round scoring average is 70.25, the highest of any of the four rounds in the event. Johnson’s best 72-hole score at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is 17-under 270 (2015/T4).

Johnson’s highest third-round score in 11 starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is a 3-over 74 (2013/PB/MC). 2013 marked his only missed cut.

Johnson is a two-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010. He owns five additional top-10 finishes in 10 previous starts at this event (T7-2008, Won-2009, Won-2010, T5-2012, T2-2014, T4-2015, 3-2017).

Johnson is in search of his 18th PGA TOUR victory. After four wins in the 2016-17 season, Johnson extended his winning streak on the PGA TOUR to 11 consecutive seasons with a victory at the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Two weeks removed from his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, his 11th win on the PGA TOUR, Jason Day offset three bogeys with six birdies at Pebble Beach to post a 3-under 69. At 12-under 203, he will begin Sunday’s final round trailing by two strokes. En route to his win at Torrey Pines two weeks ago, Day began the final round trailing by three strokes.

Day is making his ninth start at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week, where he has claimed four top-10 finishes. Most recently, he finished T5 in 2017. Day has never missed a cut in the event.

South Korea’s K.J. Choi shot a 3-under 69 at Spyglass Hill to move up to T16 position after day three of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The eight-time PGA TOUR winner made birdies on six, nine, 11 and 13 before dropping his lone bogey of the day at the par five 14th hole. With a 7-under 208 aggregate, Choi will enter the final round seven shots behind the leading duo of Dustin Johnson and Ted Potter Jr. In six previous tournaments in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season, Choi has made two cuts, with a T37 at the RSM Classic being his best finish to date. The 47-year-old has a best finish of T4 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am recorded in 2004.

Sangmoon Bae shot a bogey-free 3-under-68 at Monterey Peninsula to move into T16 position and end a run of six consecutive missed cuts on the PGA TOUR. Bae, a two-time winner on TOUR, made his birdies on three, 10 and 16 for a 208 total. Since returning on TOUR following a mandatory two-year military service, Bae has played in eight tournaments, making the cut at the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on home soil – an event which did not have a halfway cut.

China’s Xinjun Zhang returned a 2-under 69 at Monterey Peninsula which included four birdies on his outward nine to end the day in T29 position on 209. Playing in his rookie season on the PGA TOUR after earning his card from the Tour, the graduate from PGA TOUR Series-China is aiming to secure his best finish on TOUR yet. His best result this season was a T20 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

The 21-year-old Zecheng Dou carded a level par 71 at Montery Peninsula to finish T60 after the third round and made his first cut in a regular PGA TOUR tournament on 212.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth posted a 2-under 70 at Pebble Beach in round three to get to 7-under 208. Spieth, an AT&T-sponsored athlete, is making his sixth start in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He has finished inside the top 25 in every start, highlighted by three top-10s (2014/T4, 2015/T7 and 2017/1st). He finished T22 in 2013 and T21 in 2016.

Making his first start at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and first of the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season, Rory McIlroy posted an even-par 72 at Pebble beach to finish at 1-under 214 and miss the cut. This marks just his third missed cut since the beginning of the 2016-17 season (2017 U.S. Open, 2017 Dell Technologies Championship).

Making his 22nd career start at Pebble Beach, four-time AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner Phil Mickelson bogeyed his last hole of the day, the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach to post an even-par 72 and get to 9-under 206.

Third-Round Leaderboard

Dustin Johnson     67-64-70—201 (-14) SH-MP-PB

Ted Potter            68-71-62—201 (-14) PB-SH-MP

Troy Merritt            67-67-69—203 (-12) PB-SH-MP

Jason Day            69-65-69—203 (-12) SH-MP-PB