Monday, March 22, 2021
Ted Potter didn't fare too well on the weekend at the Honda Classic, closing out by finding the water again on the 18th hole and winding up with rounds of 70-71-74-71-286, 6 over par. He finished alone in 64th place out of the 68 players who made the cut and earned a check for $15,190. That boosted his PGA Tour earnings to $202,917, all of it gleaned in the last five tournaments, in which he has made four cuts.
Ted will try to improve on that record this week in the Tour's satellite event - the $3 million Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. The top 64 players will be in Austin, Texas for the WGC-Dell Match Play event, and Ted will use this opportunity in his never-ending battle to move up on the FedEx Cup points list; he crawled up two spots to 158th after his disappointing Honda effort.
The Dominican Republic event, to be played over the Corales Golf Club course, is loaded with a variety of types - youngsters trying to establish themselves on Tour, Potter-types fighting to ensure they will still be exempt for next season, Champions Tour regulars who had great Tour success in days gone by, and late-40's types getting ready to tackle the over-50 group in one or two or three years.
Three Gators are entered - Camilo Villegas, who just missed regaining full Tour status with his tie for eighth at the Honda when he needed a third or better; Matt Every, who has been fairly silent since his back-to-back victories in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and Chris Couch, one of the late 40's group prepping for seniors eligibility. Hank Lebioda is the lone Seminole in the field.
Seminole Daniel Berger, 14th on the points list, and Gator Billy Horschel, 32nd, are in the field in Austin, where everybody who is anybody will be gunning for No. 1 Dustin Johnson, while shooting for the major share of the $10.5 million purse. Missing in the field will be Honda winner Matt Jones, whose 12 under score was three better than runner-up Brandon Hagy, also absent this week.
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