Ted Potter Jr wins Greenbrier Classic playoff

6:16 PM, Jul 8, 2012   |    comments
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White Sulphur Springs, WV -- After missing a potential winning putt on the second playoff hole, Ted Potter Jr. birdied the third extra hole to defeat Troy Kelly and win the Greenbrier Classic.

Potter, who earned his first PGA Tour title, fired a 6-under 64 to reach 16- under-par 264 after 72 holes. He was joined at that score after Kelly carded a 66, finishing his round with a short par putt, and the two went to a playoff.

They headed to the 18th hole, a par-3, and both made par. The par-5 17th was used for the second playoff hole, and Kelly found himself in a greenside bunker.

Potter hit a nice chip with his third to leave himself with four feet for birdie, while Kelly managed to blast out from a tough lie in the sand into the rough. He pitched his fourth to 22 feet and drained the par putt, though needed Potter to miss to extend the playoff. Potter's try ran around the edge of the cup, and he made the short par effort.

The two went back to the 18th, where Kelly's tee shot didn't get over a ridge in the green. Potter hit a great shot, getting a nice roll off that ridge to set up another four-footer for birdie. He didn't miss a second time, holing the putt to secure the win.

Charlie Wi (65) and Charlie Beljan (67) shared third place at minus-14, while Daniel Summerhays (64) was fifth at 13-under.

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson carried the lead into Sunday, but struggled to a 3-over 73 and finished in a tie for seventh at minus-11.

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