• Greenbrier Classic, Round Four

Potter claims play-off win at Greenbrier Classic

ESPN staff
July 8, 2012
Ted Potter Jr. picked up an unlikely first PGA Tour win © Getty Images


PGA Tour rookie Ted Potter Jr. won his first title on tour as he edged out Troy Kelly in a play-off at the Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC.

Potter and Kelly ended the final round at 16-under, and it took three holes beyond the regular 72 to divide the duo. Making the most of a pinpoint approach shot, Potter sealed victory with a four-foot putt on the 18th holes as Kelly missed his attempt from long distance.

Having earned his PGA Tour card by finishing second in the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list, 218th-ranked Potter nearly let his maiden title slip on the second extra-hole. Potter's birdie putt lipped out in agonising fashion following Kelly's impressive 20-foot putt to save par.

Potter forced the play-off courtesy of a six-under 64 on Sunday, surging up the leaderboard with two birdies and an eagle on the final four holes.

For much of the final afternoon, however, it seemed the title would be contested between Kelly and Webb Simpson. Kelly, for his part, raced to an early lead with birdies at the second, fourth and fifth holes to move ahead of playing partner Simpson.

US Open champion Simpson, meanwhile, capitulated on the final day, and missed the chance to lay down a marker ahead of the Open Championship. Simpson, holding a two-shot lead overnight, looked on course for a second victory of 2012 after a bogey-free opening front nine.

Entering the back nine, however, the American faltered when it mattered most. His second shot on 12 was short of the green and he proceeded to run his pitch 40 yards past the hole.

He three-putted for bogey and, obviously still struggling to put his errors behind him, he dropped shots on his next two holes to fall out of contention. Another bogey before the close saw him sign for a three-over 73 to leave him stranded on 11-under for the tournament.

Charlie Wi's 65 was not enough to earn a place in the play-off. After reaching the turn in 33, Wi hit top form, making two birdies and a terrific eagle at the par-five 17 to sign off in style; a five-under round lifting him into a share of third with Charlie Beljan.

John Daly finished a stroke behind Simpson at 10-under following a stunning final-round 65. While fellow Americans Dustin Johnson and Ricky Barnes were not so fortunate, ending the event six-under and five-under respectively.

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