Friday, March 19, 2021
Ted Potter was flirting with a top-10 finish all day in the first round of the $7 million Honda Classic until he was derailed by bogeys on his final two holes at the PGA National Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens.
Ted was sitting at 2-under-par with just Nos. 8 and 9 to play, and was tied for ninth, when he missed the green on both par 4's, and couldn't get it up and down on either. He dropped to even-par 70, and wound up tied for 43rd. There are 81 players at 1-over 71 or better, the early projected cut line.
Matt Jones tied the course record with a 9-under 61 and holds a three-stroke lead over Aaron Wise and Russell Henley. There's a group of five at 4 under, which includes veteran Steve Stricker.
Gator Camilo Villegas is tied for 27th after a 1-under 69, while Brian Gay is among the huge group at 71, tied for 63rd. For the Seminoles, Chase Koepka shot 69 and Hank Lebioda 5-over 75.
Ted tees off in round 2 at 1:26 with Brendan Steele and Jimmy Walker.
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