Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Jason Day ties for second at Pebble Beach

Jason Day ties for second at Pebble Beach

Potter maintained his deft touch on Sunday to finish with a 17-under 270 total and hold off a star-studded chasing pack that included Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day of Australia.

He wound up winning by three shots over Johnson (72), Mickelson (67), Day (70) and Chez Reavie (68).

"I'm so happy right now to get it done today, especially against the world No. 1, playing with him today", Potter said. That changed when he tapped in for par on the 18th hole, and he choked back emotion of a week he won't soon forget. "I struggled when broke I my ankle". Potter's only other victory was at The Greenbrier Classic in 2012.

Potter Jr. once missed 24 straight cuts on the Tour. After opening with 67-67-69, the 32-year-old began T3, two back of co-leaders Dustin Johnson and eventual champ Ted Potter, Jr.

"You don't know what's going to happen with your golf swing or your career. This has been a blast this week". He finished at 17-under 270 and earned $1,332,000, almost half of his career earnings going into the week. He now won only five out of 12 times when he took at least a share of the 54-hole lead into the final round. He and Johnson were side-by-side in light rough to a firm green that ran away from them. Needing an eagle to have any chance, his approach to the 18th was a few yards short and found a bunker.

Both were just over the back of the seventh green.

Johnson, the world's top-ranked player and a two-time AT&T Pro-Am champ, rarely played at his best Sunday. Potter chipped in for birdie on No. 7 and didn't drop a shot the rest of the way.

"I felt like I played OK", Johnson said.

"My game is in pretty good form and I have a golf course I really like playing next week", he said. "I thought the back nine was going to play a little easier than the front". He failed to get up and down. The Australian has not finished outside the top 25 since the 2017 Open Championship.

Langer bogeyed the final two holes for a 70. Tied for the lead after Calcavecchia's bogey on 16, Langer fell back on the par-4 17th when he left a 4-foot par putt to the right.

The 34-year-old succumbed to the emotions built up after a weird, career-threatening injury and years spent battling on the American mini tours.

Kiradech had to win five six-hole matches for his European Tour title since the Saltire Paul Lawrie Match Play in 2015. Minjee Lee, coming off a victory last week in the Vic Open, had a three-shot lead going into the final round but closed with a 73.

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