Monday, February 12, 2018

Ted who? wins Pebble Beach Pro-am

2018  Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Pebble Beach, Calif.        Feb. 8-11, 2018                  Purse: $7,400,000 ($1,332,000 first prize + 500 FedExCup pts)
Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host)                                 Par/Yards: 36-36—72/6,816
Spyglass Hill Golf Course                                          Par/Yards: 36-36—72/6,953
Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Shore Course     Par/Yards: 34-37—71/6,958

Final-Round Notes – Sunday, February 11, 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TED POTTER JUNIOR
Weather: Sunny, with a high of 64. Wind NW 5-15 mph.

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

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

Potter earns his second US 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 US 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  Pebble Beach Pro-Am, is the only other left-handed winner in the history of the event.

Potter made his fourth start in the 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 Tour  before this competition , 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 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 US Tour  Season, with a T13 at The RSM Classic his best showing. This week marks his fourth made cut of the season.

Potter’s stats for the week:
R1 – 11 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens in regulation, 1 of 2 scrambling, 29 putts.
R2 – 10 of 14 fairways, 11 of 18 greens in regulation, 4 of 7 scrambling, 26 putts.
R3 – 9 of 13 fairways, 16 of 18 greens in regulation, 2 of 4 scrambling, 25 putts.
R4 – 12 of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens in regulation, 6 of 6 scrambling, 27 putts.

About Ted Potter, Jr.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthdate: November 9, 1983
Family: Wife, Cheri; Corbin Charles
Birthplace: Ocala, Florida
Residence: Silver Springs, Florida
Turned pro: 2002
Joined US PGA Tour: 2012 Tour Graduate (2011, 2017)

Third-Round Lead Notes
Since 2000, the 54-hole leader/co-leader of the  Pebble Beach Pro-Am has gone on to win 11 times, including five of the last six winners: Ted Potter, Jr. (2018), Jordan Spieth (2017), Brandt Snedeker (2013, 2015), Jimmy Walker (2014), Dustin Johnson (2010), Phil Mickelson (2005, 2007).

Through 14 events in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season, seven players have managed to convert a 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory, as Ted Potter, Jr. becomes the first since Dustin Johnson did so at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Phil Mickelson
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 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).

Chez Reavie
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 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and his best finish at the event, topping a T26 in 2016.

Dustin Johnson
World No. 1 and two-time  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 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.

Jason Day
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 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).

Florida-based Inverness exile Russell Knox won a fistful of dollars for a T15 finish on 278 with scores of 71, 70, 67 and 70.

England's Paul Casey was the highest placed British finisher in T8 place with 67, 70, 70 and 70 again for a total of 277.





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