Potter to Kick Off New Season in Safeway Open This Week
Sunday, September 6, 2020

    There will be no break in the PGA Tour schedule, with the Tour Championship winding up the 2019-2020 portion tomorrow, and the Safeway Open kicking off the 2020-2021 wrap-around season on Thursday. 

    Ted Potter will take part in the opening at the Silverado Resort & Spa North in Napa, California, hoping to revert to the form that brought him two victories a while back, in the 2012 Greenbrier Classic and the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The second victory gave him an exemption through the upcoming season.

    Ted just suffered through his worst recent year, falling short of the $400,000 mark ($361,540) and missing the cut many more times (15) than making it (4). He did have two top 10s. Ted has been home since bowing out of the Wyndham Championship in mid-August and should be fresh and ready for the new season. 

    Most of the players from the Tour Championship in Atlanta won't be making the trek west and among the marquee names for the Safeway will be K. J. Choi, Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia, Charley Hoffman, J. B. Holmes, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, fresh off his debut victory on the Champions Tour, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Charl Schwartzel.

    Lone Seminole in the field is Hank Lebioda, while the Gators will be represented by Matt Every, Brian Gay and Camilo Villegas. Last year's winner, Cameron Champ, is in Atlanta and will not defend his title. 

    In the awful-format Tour Championship, Dustin Johnson is still on top at minus 13 after a Saturday 70. Sungjae Im made a big move with a 64 and is minus 12, with Xander Schauffele next at minus 11 after a 65. Jon Rahm's 74 dropped him back to minus 9 and a tie for fifth, and Justin Thomas dropped to a tie for fourth at minus 10 after a 71.

    Seminole Daniel Berger is minus 4 after a 71 and Gator Billy Horschel is tied for 29th (and last) at plus 3 after a 73.  

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