Ted Potter, Jr.
In this strangest of strange PGA Tour seasons, is there a more unlikely winner than Ted Potter, Jr.?
Potter had his most successful weekend as a pro. Previously, he languished around the lower ranks of golf, most likely to be found competing in two-day tournaments. Most recently, Potter endured two ankle surgeries that had him wondering whether he would walk again, let alone find his way around a golf course.
Potter’s breakout weekend might be termed one of the least known competitors on the PGA Tour making a name for himself in one of the better-known tournaments and locales in golf lore, the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach.
The Floridian would card a 17-under par 270 for the tournament win. If the magnitude of what Potter had just accomplished was somehow lost on him, he only needed to look at the Leaderboard. The three-shot cushion he enjoyed on his nearest competitors was akin to a country mile in 2018, where playoffs to determine a tournament champion have become commonplace.
The dominance of Potter could further be measured by who he left in his wake. The quartet tied for second included Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and last week’s runner-up, Chez Reavie.
Finally, if all that wasn’t enough satisfaction, Potter could peek at his bank balance: Having earned slightly over $33,000.00 in his career, Potter pocketed over one million dollars for last weekend.
On to The Genesis Open.