Monday, May 3, 2021
It was not to be for Ted Potter at the Valspar Championship yesterday, as Ocala's pride was unable to come anywhere near his third-round 63 and his disappointing 75 dropped him from a tie for fourth down to a tie for 18th.
After getting off to a flying start by making a birdie on the first hole, which sent him to the second tee at 11 under par, Ted couldn't get his irons going and he missed too many greens to make any further movement. One-putt pars on holes 2 through 5 kept him in contention, but then it all fell apart. He bogeyed 6, 7 and 9, turning in 2 over for the day and 8 under overall.
It didn't get any better on the back nine, and a bogey on 10 dropped him to 7 under. He got that one back with a birdie on the par-5 14th, two-putting after hitting the green on his 263-yard second shot. Bogeys on 16 and 17 left him at 6 under, tied with Adam Schenk, who closed with 67, and Charley Hoffman, who also had problems and shot 74.
The trio all earned checks for $98,325, which raised Ted's total for the season to $303,242 and moved him up 12 spots to 158th on the PGA Tour money list. He also jumped to 160th on the FedEx Cup list with 142 points. Ted is now 300th on the PGA's career money list with earnings of $6,027,266.
Sam Burns pulled away from Keegan Bradley on the back nine and was crowned the winner after finishing 17 under, three ahead of Bradley, who was alone in second. Viktor Hovland's 65 elevated him into a tie for third at 13 under with Cameron Tringale, who shot 68.
Gator Camilo Villegas tied for 11th after a 68 put him at 8 under, and Seminole Hank Lebioda tied for 13th at 7 under after his Sunday 71. USF's Chase Koepka fell to a tie for 63rd at 2 over, closing with 76.
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