Saturday, March 20, 2021
Ted Potter flirted with the cut line all day in Friday's second round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, overcame a ball in the water at No. 16, and finished with a round of 1-over-par 71, making it right on the line to get to the weekend. It gives him his fourth cut in his last five events.
The cut line stood at 1 over for most of the day, briefly moved up to plus 2 late in the day, then quickly dropped back to plus 1 where it remained for the rest of the round. When Ted hit it in the water off the tee and took a bogey on No. 16, he was on the line, but appeared to be safe when he headed to 17 while the line moved to 2. But as quickly as it did, it came back to 1 and Ted needed pars on his final two holes in order to advance. He parred 17, two-putting from 17 feet, and had a birdie putt of 10 feet, 2 inches on 18 but stroked it 3 feet, 7 inches past the hole. He made the final putt to remain on the line, finishing with 70-71-141 and in a tie for 60th.
First-round leader Matt Jones, who opened with a course record-tying 61 at PGA National, soared to 70 and fell into a deadlock for second with Brandon Hagy (69-62-131) at 9 under par. Aaron Wise took over the lead, adding a second straight 64 for 128, 12 under. Sam Ryder is in fourth with 69-63-129, 8 under.
Gator Camilo Villegas, playing in his final event on a medical exemption, needs to post a top three or better to regain his card. He tacked on a 5-under 65 to his opening 69 for 134, 6 under, and is tied for ninth with a good chance to achieve his goal. Brian Gay also made the cut with 71-67-138, 2 under. Seminole Chase Koepka birdied 15, 16 and 17 to make the cut at 2 under (69-69-138), but Hank Lebioda missed it.
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