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Ted Potter Jr., a 28-year-old native of Ocala, FL, entered the final round trailing Webb Simpson by four strokes, but posted a 6-under 64 (including a birdie-eagle finish) to end regulation at The Greenbrier Classic at 16-under 264, tied with Troy Kelly (66). Potter then birdied the third playoff hole (the par-3 18th) for his first-career win and a check for $1,098,000. Kelly earned $658,800 for his second place finish.

With the victory, Potter moves from No. 173 to No. 51 in the FedExCup standings. He also earns a spot in the British Open, based on finishing among the top two players on a cumulative money list that began at THE PLAYERS Championship and ran through The Greenbrier Classic. “I'll have to talk to my agents about that one, see what they can work up. But yes, I do have my passport with me, so I won't have to go home to go get it,” he said after his first victory on the PGA TOUR.

Potter had missed five consecutive cuts entering the week but that likely is forgotten after his super Sunday. Overall, he has made seven of 16 cuts this season. All three Greenbrier Classic winners have posted comeback wins (Stuart Appleby, Scott Stallings, Ted Potter Jr.). Potter is the 10th player in his 20s to win this season, with his win the 11th by that group. He entered the week ranked No. 218 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The win, in his 16th start on the PGA TOUR, takes him up to World Number 83. His previous-best finish was a T13 at his season-opening Sony Open in Hawaii. 

Potter is the sixth first-time winner of the season and the second rookie to win (John Huh/Mayakoba Golf Classic). He earned a berth on TOUR in 2012 by virtue of his second-place finish on the 2011 Web.com Tour money list. It was there where he won twice (South Georgia Classic, Soboba Golf Classic). His 2011 season on the Web.com Tour was quite a contrast from his first. In 2004, he missed the cut in all 24 events he entered. 

Potter’s Weekly statistics:  

Driving Distance   304.7 yards  37   

Driving Accuracy  45 of 56 (80.4 %) T3  

Greens in Regulation  52 of 72 (72.2 %) T21 

Total Putts   108    T3 

Strokes Gained – Putting 2.016/round  1 

 

Potter won the Greenbrier Classic playing a Cleveland Classic 310 driver (10.5°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 61X shaft. He relied on a Cleveland Launcher Comp fairway metal (15°) with an Aldila VooDoo 80X shaft and Cleveland Mashie hybrids (2i, 3i) with Miyazaki Kusala 83X shafts. He played the CG1 Tour Irons (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts and Cleveland 588 Forged (54°, 60°) wedges with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts. He used a Piretti Teramo putter along with a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball. He also wore the FJ ICON golf shoes in his victory.