Unharried Potter beats big names for surprise Pebble Beach win

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Ted Potter Jr. held off a host of big names to claim the Pebble Beach Pro-Am title on Sunday.

Much like he fought to get back to the winner's circle, Potter fought on Sunday, bouncing back after a first-hole bogey with four birdies in his next seven holes, capped off by a chip-in at the par-3 seventh that extended a lead he would never relinquish. Johnson is not only the No. 1 player in the world, but is a two-time champion in this event, in addition to five other top 10 finishes.

Mickelson birdied three of his final five holes to get to 14 under, with Johnson nudging in from three feet at the 18th and Day recovering from finding the beach at the par-five last to save par and also finish three off the pace.

Day began the final round at Pebble Beach today within two shots of the lead, but his challenge faltered on the front nine.

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The win was only the second of Potter Jr.'s career and his first since the 2012 Greenbrier Championship. It was a long time coming for the feisty lefty who battled his way back to the PGA Tour after suffering an injury in 2014 that caused him to miss almost two years of competition.

On another ideal day in Monterey Johnson was heavily fancied to claim a third win at Pebble Beach but all did not go to plan as he failed to get going with four bogeys and four birdies adding up to a disappointing final round of 72 to tie second at 14 under with Phil Mickelson, Chez Reavie and Jason Day. To come back from that it's just unbelievable right now.

Two weeks ago he was well-placed after the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open before slumping to a second round 78 to miss the cut while last week was a so-so performance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, resulting in a tied-65th finish.

"I gave it a shot on the back nine", he said.

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