Pebble Shore Lake Is So Famous, But Why? – Pebble Shore Lake
By: Brentley Romine | February 10, 2018 8:56 pm
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Ted Potter Jr. has a adventitious to acquire his additional career PGA Tour achievement while arena in the final accumulation alongside the world’s top-ranked amateur Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
It wasn’t continued ago, though, that Potter couldn’t alike walk.
On the morning of July 27, 2014, the day afterwards Potter absent the cut at the RBC Canadian Open, he took a amiss footfall in flip-flops alfresco of his auberge in Montreal and burst his appropriate ankle.
“It was aloof a aberration accident,” Potter said.
Potter had anaplasty a few canicule afterwards and was initially declared to be alone for four months. But the timeline didn’t comedy out as planned and a year afterwards Potter had addition anaplasty to abolish plates and screws from the ankle.
“It was aloof a cat-and-mouse process,” Potter said. “I didn’t apperceive absolutely aback I would appear back.”
At the time of the injury, Potter was angry to accumulate his Tour card. Aback he alternate a year and a bisected later, he was accustomed two starts to acquire the 12 FedEx Cup credibility he would’ve bare to accomplishment central the top 150 in 2014. He absent the cut in both contest and absent his card.
Perseverance, though, is in Potter’s blood. The Ocala, Fla., built-in angry pro appropriate out of Lake Weir High School in 2002, and two years afterwards – and still a jailbait – absent every cut in 24 starts on the Nationwide Tour, now alleged the Web.com Tour. Despite cogent success on the mini-tours, it took him years to accretion basement on the Tour’s adorning circuit.
That is until he won the 2011 South Georgia Classic afterwards Monday-qualifying into the event. Potter won already added on the Nationwide Tour that year, and the abutting year bankrupt through with his aboriginal PGA Tour win, at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic.
Potter rose to 83rd in the Official World Golf Ranking afterwards the victory. Afterwards the burst ankle, Potter alone all the way to No. 1,249. This anniversary he is No. 246, 245 spots college than his Sunday arena competitor, Dustin Johnson.
There are few parallels amid Johnson and Potter. Johnson is aloof a ages removed from an eight-shot achievement at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, a win that fabricated it 11 beeline seasons that Johnson has won at atomic already on Tour. Last year Johnson won four times, including three beeline contest afore abandoning from the Masters with an injury.
Aside from the mini-tours, Potter has aloof 16 top-10s – total.
“I haven’t been in altercation too much, really,” Potter said. “I’ve had some acceptable tournaments, but I charge to get there added generally to get adequate there. Tomorrow will be a acceptable analysis for me and to see how it goes.”
Potter will absolutely be benumbed some momentum. He accursed his everyman annular anytime on Tour with a 9-under 62 on Saturday about Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course. He birdied his aboriginal four holes afterwards starting on the aback nine and angry in 7 under. He was 11 beneath through 15 holes, but a par-bogey-bogey accomplishment concluded his affairs at abutting the absolute 59 club.
“Definitely helps aback the aperture looks alert as big as against to alert as baby sometimes,” Potter said.
The key for Potter, though, could be his swing. Potter commonly hits a draw, but he’s been aggravating to assignment a achromatize into his arsenal. Two weeks ago at Farmers Insurance Open, Potter opened in 66 but concluded up angry for 73rd appear Sunday.
“The aboriginal annular at Torrey Pines I played absolutely well, the beat was accepting better,” Potter said, “but I still capital to go aback to old habits at the aforementioned time, abnormally aback you get beneath pressure.”
Potter will feel burden clashing annihilation he’s acquainted before. Winning the Greenbrier is one thing. But topping a leaderboard that includes Johnson, Jason Day, Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson – all of whom are in the top 10 – at one of golf’s best iconic venues in Pebble Beach will be an alike taller task.
“I mean, I aloof got to get in the position area I accept a chance,” Potter said. “I feel like I’ll be accomplished already I get there.”
Potter regained his Tour agenda a year ago with three top-3 finishes on the Web.com Tour. He said his abate is still not 100 percent and still gets abscessed afterwards rounds, but it “feels acceptable enough,” he said. This division he has absent bristles of eight cuts, admitting aback he won the Greenbrier aback in 2012 he had absent bristles of six cuts.
“There’s a few guys out actuality that accept gone absent cut, absent cut, won,” Potter said. “Sometimes it’s aloof one little beat anticipation that triggers you into the appropriate direction.”
Or sometimes it’s 62.
Potter is afresh in position to airing abroad a best Sunday. Added importantly, he is advantageous abundant to do it.
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