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Ted Potter Jr. cruises to victory at Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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After a career-low third-round 62, Ted Potter, Jr. shot a 69 in the final round to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by three strokes over Phil Mickelson, Chez Reavie, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson.

Potter earns his second PGA TOUR victory in his 84th start at the age of 34 years, 3 months, 2 days. With the win, Potter collects 500 FedExCup points and moves from No. 117 to No. 15 in the FedExCup.

 

Potter made 24 birdies on the week, setting a personal best for most birdies in an event on the PGA TOUR. The 24 birdies were the most by anyone in the field.

The last left-handed player to win on TOUR prior to Potter was Brian Harman at the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship. Phil Mickelson, a four-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, is the only other left-handed winner in the history of the event.

Potter made 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.

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 Web.com Tour priority list. On that Tour last year, he collected two runner-up showings and 15 made cuts in 22 starts. Potter sustained an ankle injury in July of 2014 that required surgery and he missed the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

This was Potter’s 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.

Phil Mickelson birdied three of his final five holes en route to a 5-under 67 and a T2 finish. Mickelson finished three shots behind Ted Potter, Jr. at 14-under 273.

With the runner-up finish and a T5 at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, Mickelson recorded consecutive top-five finishes for the first time since 2013 (T2/FedEx St. Jude Classic, T2/U.S. Open). Mickelson, a four-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, now owns 10 top-10s in 22 starts at the event. This was Mickelson’s fifth start of the 2017-18 season, and third top-five finish (T3/Safeway Open, T5/Waste Management Phoenix Open).

A week removed from his playoff defeat to Gary Woodland at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Chez Reavie recorded a final-round 68 to finish the tournament at 14-under 273, three shots behind Ted Potter, Jr.

Reavie becomes the first player since Jordan Spieth in 2017 (THE NORTHERN TRUST, Dell Technologies Championship) to finish runner-up in consecutive weeks on the PGA TOUR). The runner-up finish was the third of Reavie’s career (2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, 2011 Dell Technologies Championship).

For the week, Reavie’s par-4 scoring average was 3.77, which was the best in the field. Reavie has now finished in the top 25 eight times in nine starts during the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season. This was Reavie’s ninth start at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and his best finish at the event, topping a T26 in 2016.

World No. 1 and two-time AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner Dustin Johnson shot an even-par 72 in the final round to finish the tournament in a tie for second place at 14-under 273. Johnson, who earned back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010, now owns eight top-10s in 11 starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (T7-2008, Won-2009, Won-2010, T5-2012, T2-2014, T4-2015, 3-2017, T2-2018).

Before his final-round 72, Johnson had played nine consecutive rounds at Pebble Beach under-par, dating back to his third-round 74 in 2013 (MC).

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 finished T2 following a final-round 70. Day’s score of 14-under 273 was three strokes behind winner Ted Potter Jr. Day now owns five top-10 finishes in 10 starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Day, who finished T5 in 2017, has never missed a cut at the event.

With the T2 result, Day moves to No. 4 in the FedExCup. In his first nine rounds to start the season, Day was 8-under par, but has played the seven rounds since with a cumulative score of 24-under (dating to the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open).

South Korea’s Sangmoon Bae shot a closing 2-under 70 to finish T15 on 9-under 278, eight shots behind winner Ted Potter Jr. It was Bae’s best finish yet in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season since returning to action last fall following a two-year mandatory military service and snapped a run of six consecutive missed cuts prior to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Bae, a two-time PGA TOUR winner, made birdies on two, six, seven and 13, all from inside of nine feet, and dropped bogeys on five and nine. Bae picked up 51 FedExCup points to move up to 152nd position in the latest standings.

Countryman K.J. Choi shot a level par 72 to finish T26 on 280, his round highlighted by three birdies against three bogeys. He chipped in for birdie on 16 from off the green.

China’s Xinjun Zhang closed out his tournament with a 73 to finish T43 while 21-year-old Zecheng Dou shot a 72 to settle for T55 position, the first time he has played in all four rounds in a regular TOUR event. Dou made two birdies, one eagle and four bogeys.

Final-Round Leaderboard

Ted Potter, Jr.       68-71-62-69—270 (-17) PB-SH-MP-PB

Phil Mickelson      69-65-72-67—273 (-14) SH-MP-PB-PB

Chez Reavie         67-72-66-68—273 (-14) PB-SH-MP-PB

Jason Day              69-65-69-70—273 (-14) SH-MP-PB-PB

Dustin Johnson    67-64-70-72—273 (-14) SH-MP-PB-PB