Monday, February 24, 2020
With a final-round 69, Ted Potter turned in his best overall performance of the 2019-2020 season, finishing in a tie for sixth yesterday at the $3 million Puerto Rico Open. Ted's rounds of 68-70-67-69-274, 14 under par over the par-72 Grand Reserve Country Club course, beat his previous season best of 8 under at the Sony Open, where he tied for seventh. His finish broke a string of three straight missed cuts.
Ted wound up six strokes behind Viktor Hovland, who made a long birdie putt on the 72nd hole to get to 20 under and prevent him from heading to a playoff with Josh Teater. It was another four strokes back to third place, and five back to sixth, which Ted shared with Martin Laird and Matthew NeSmith.
Ted's check came to $101,250, raising his season's total to $345,565, and he moved up to 118th place on the PGA Tour money list. Oddly enough, the 55 FedEx points he received also moved him up to 118th on that list with 159 points.
Ted began by making four birdies and one bogey for a front-nine 33. On the back, he bogeyed 10, but got that back with a birdie on 14, and he could have moved to 15 under on No. 15 if not for missing a short birdie putt. He then parred out.
The Honda Classic at PGA National is up next for Ted and caddy Jon Balmer as the Tour heads for the Florida swing. Also on the entry list are a full complement of Gators and Seminoles; Camilo Villegas, Matt Every, Brian Gay and Billy Horschel for the former group, and Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger and Hank Lebioda for the latter.
Following the $7 million Honda are the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Tournament Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass and Valspar Championship at Innisbrook.
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