Potter holds off big guns at Pebble Beach


Playing just behind him in the final group, Potter didn't falter, withstanding the final round pressure from some of golf's biggest names to shoot a 69 for a 17-under 270 total to clinch his second tour win. More recently, Potter was out of golf for two years recovering from a broken ankle that required two surgeries - one to insert 12 screws and two plates, another to remove all that hardware.

Potter now has a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, along with getting spots in the Masters and PGA Championship. He earned more FedExCup points Sunday than he had in the past three years combined.

Having looked exhausted after a prolonged day where every match he played went the distance or to extra holes but he was magnificent in the final, with the highlight being this eagle two at the fourth hole. "It was a struggle there". "You break your ankle and you don't know what's going to happen with your swing, with your career". The final birdie - a chip in on the lovely short par-3 7th - came right after watching Johnson run the ball past the hole from a similar spot.

Potter shared the lead with Dustin Johnson entering Sunday, which was the first time in Potter's career that he had held or shared the 54-hole lead. As already stated above, Aphibarnrat bumbled his way to the final with both his quarter-final and semi-final opponents messing up the final hole and the runner-up, Nitties, should have been knocked out in the first round.

After his three-putt bogey to fall out of a tie for the lead, Potter watched Johnson hammer a drive so far down the fairway on the par-5 second hole that he was 48 yards ahead of Potter. He then reeled off 11 consecutive pars to close out the victory. "It's just about us as one as people".

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"This has been a really fun week", Mickelson said. Catch me if you can he said... and they couldn't. "It was nice to feel the nerves and make a couple of birdies coming down the stretch".

Johnson shot a 72 that left him in a second-place tie with Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Chez Reavie, three shots off the lead.

Potter won for only the second time in 84 starts — and it was only his fifth top 10. Johnson seems to now effortlessly be in the mix just about every time he plays.

It was another disappointment for Johnson going into the final round.

"I shot 2-under here over 36 holes, which is not too good", Johnson said. "It's definitely the hardest game I've ever played". All in all, still a good week.