Friday, February 28, 2020
Under normal circumstances, if Ted Potter took a 6-over-par 9 on a par 3 during the first nine holes of a PGA tournament, he'd pretty much be out of the running as far as making the 36-hole cut. And Ted did make a 9 yesterday - on the 15th hole at the Honda Classic, his sixth hole of the day - but, amazingly, he's not only still in the hunt in the $7 million event, he's within the cut line after 18 holes.
Ted was 1-under going to No. 15 after making a birdie on 10, and adding pars on the next four holes. The disastrous 9 dropped him to 5 over with 13 to play, and he made good use of the rest of the afternoon, making five more birdies, plus two bogeys, and he wound up with a 72 over the par-70 PGA National Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens.
The 2-over-par round left him in a tie for 62nd heading into today's round, showing how difficult the course played for the 144-player field.
There were no extra-low rounds posted, and Tom Lewis and Harris English, both of whom received sponsors' exemptions, were tied for the lead at 4-under 66. There's a 5-way tie for third at 3 under, which includes Lee Westwood.
GATORS & SEMINOLES: Billy Horschel - 73; Brian Gay - 74; Matt Every - 74; Camilo Villegas - 75. Daniel Berger - 69; Hank Lebioda - 73; Brooks Koepka - 74.
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