Golf

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Berger and Koepka had won last two events . . .

    When Jordan Spieth holed out from a bunker for birdie to defeat Daniel Berger on the first playoff hole at the Travelers Championship Sunday, it prevented an unprecedented streak of Gators and Seminoles winning PGA Tour events for four of the past six weeks.

    Gator Billy Horschel won the AT&T Byron Nelson on May 21, Seminole Berger the FedEx St. Jude Classic on June 11, and Seminole Brooks Koepka the U. S. Open on June 18. If Berger had been able to take Spieth in the Sunday playoff, it would have made three events in a row for the Florida collegians, and four of the last six. Spieth's heroics on No. 18 paid off to the tune of $1,224,000, while Berger settled for the runner-up check of $734,400. 

    Berger, just 24, birdied three of the last six holes to tie Spieth at 268, 12 under par, to continue his surprising run to the upper echelons of the PGA Tour. He has one victory and two seconds this season and is in eighth place on the top 10 list with five, and eighth on the money list with $3,629,134 in the bank. His career earnings have reached a tidy $10,008,387 and he's 18th on the Official World Golf Ranking list. Pretty impressive. 

    Neither he nor Koepka will be playing this week at the Quicken Loans in Potomac, Maryland, but the whole Gator roster will be there. That's Horschel, Matt Every, Brian Gay, Brett Stegmaier and Camilo Villegas. At the Travelers, Stegmaier finished tied for 26th at 5 under, closing with 68, and Every tied for 35th at 4 under, closing with 69. Gay (72-72-144) missed the cut. 

Monday, June 26, 2017
Ted loses by one and ties for fifth . . .

    A pair of bogeys on the final five holes, both on par threes, one coming on a three-putt green, cost Ted Potter his first victory on the Web.com Tour in six years at the Lincoln Land Charity Championship yesterday. 

    Playing the back nine of the Panther Creek Country Club, Ted was 13 under par after making pars at 10, 11 and 12. Adam Schenk, the leader, was at 16 under. However, while Ted was in the process of making a par at No. 13, Schenk double bogeyed the 12th and the lead was down to one. On the verge of catching Schenk, Ted hit the green at the par-3 14th but three-putted, and a short while later, Schenk birdied the hole and the lead jumped to three again.

    Ted then made par at No. 15 and birdied the par-5 16th to get it back to 13 under, and in a four-way tie for third place. He then missed the green at the par-3 17th and took bogey, before birdieing No. 18 and finishing at 13 under. Meanwhile, Schenk bogeyed the final hole and dropped back to 14 where he was joined by three others. He eventually birdied the second playoff hole to win his first Web.com event. 

    Ted wound up one behind and tied for fifth and received a check for $20,075, raising his total for the season to $197,957. He remained in fourth place on the money list. But the two bogeys on the par threes late in the round cost him the title and the $99,000 check that Schenk collected. 

    

Sunday, June 25, 2017
Three bogeys keep Ted from getting close . . .

    Birdies were flying at the Lincoln Land Charity Championship yesterday, and Ted Potter made enough of them to remain in the top 10, but not enough to be within realistic striking distance of leader Kyle Thompson.

    Thompson began the day at 10 under and shot his second straight 7-under 64 at the Panther Creek Country Club to get it to 17 under, good for a two-stroke lead over Adam Schenk and second-round leader Tom Whitney. But Wes Roach emphasized how birdies were there for the taking, posting a 9-under 62 and moving up 39 spots into fourth place at 14 under. 

    Ted began the day at 9 under and made five birdies of his own, but two bogeys kept him from remaining in the top four. He shot 3-under 68, moved to 12 under and is tied for seventh. He tees off at 11:56 today, in the third group from the end.

    Seminole Jack Maguire goes into the finale at 2 under, tied for 77th.  

    SPIETH LOOKING GOOD - At the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., Jordan Spieth holds a one-stroke edge over Boo Weekley after a 4-under 66 put him at 12 under par. Daniel Berger is looking to keep alive the recent hot streak by Seminoles and Gators; he's all alone in third at 9 under.  

    Gator Matt Every has found new life and is tied for 28th with rounds of 66-72-69-207, and Brett Stegmaier is in the same group after rounds of 64-72-71. Brian Gay missed the cut with a pair of 72s. 

    NO LONGER LANGER - It's a different type of leaderboard at the Champions Tour's American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wisconsin, with Paul Broadhurst taking a two-stroke lead heading into today's finale at the University Ridge Golf Club. Broadhurst's 63-69-132 is 12 under par, and Lee Janzen and Scott Verplank are at 10 under.

    Fred Couples, Gene Sauers and Steve Stricker are all in the hunt at 9 under. Gator Scott Dunlap is tied for 21st at 5 under, and Marc Calcavecchia is tied for 34th at 3 under, same as Adena pro Marco Dawson. 

    RYU RUNNING AWAY IN ARKANSAS - So Yeon Ryu will be tough to catch in the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship, and only Stacy Lewis and Moriya Jutanugarn have a slim chance of doing it. Ryu shot a record-breaking 61 Saturday after her opening 65 and is 16 under par in the 54-hole event. Lewis and Jutanugarn are tied for second at 11 under.

    Michelle Wie, who graces the top of this page, is tied for 10th at 6 under after a pair of 68s, and Gator Sandra Gal is at 5 under (71-66).  

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Ted is three behind leader Tom Whitney . . .

    Despite making three bogeys, Ted Potter is very much alive after 36 holes at the Lincoln Land Charity Championship in Springfield, Illinois. Ted made six birdies and finished with a 3-under-par 68 over the Panther Creek course, and he's in an 11-way, third-place logjam at 9 under, three off the lead.

    Tom Whitney posted a pair of 65s and is alone at the top at 12 under, followed by Kyle Thompson (68-64-132), alone in second. All the first-round leaders, Carlos Ortiz, Vince India and Jin Park, struggled in round 2 and fell off the pace. Seminole Jack Maguire snuck in at the cut line (-3) with rounds of 69-70-139. There are 20 players tied for the last spot.

    Ted tees off today in the next-to-last group at 11:58.  

    

 

Friday, June 23, 2017
One stroke off lead in Lincoln Land event . . .

    If not for a three-putt green, Ted Potter would be tied for the lead after the opening round of the Web.com Tour's Lincoln Land Charity Championship. Ted hit the green on the par-4 seventh hole at the Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois, but took three to get it in the hole, and wound up with a sharp 6-under-par 65, one stroke behind the leaders, Carlos Ortiz, Vince India and Jin Park. 

    Ted began on the front nine and quickly went to 4-under with birdies at 1 and 3, and an eagle three on the par-5 sixth. He dropped back to three under with the bogey at 7, and turned in 3-under 32. He then birdied No. 11 to get back to four under and was tied for 12th at the time, but another eagle, at the par-5 13th, put him at six under and deadlocked for second behind early finisher Ortiz.

    After a tee shot into the rough and a missed green led to a bogey on 15, Ted birdied the final hole for a back-nine 33 to get back to six under and a tie for fourth. 

    Veteran Robert Allenby chipped in with a 4-under 67, and Brad Elder made it in from the alternate's list and also shot 67, as did another Tour veteran, John Merrick. Tommy (Two Gloves) Gainey was at 3 under and former Seminole Jack Maguire at 2 under. 

    SPIETH TAKES CHARGE - Jordan Spieth broke out of his recent doldrums and posted a 7-under-63 to take the first-round lead at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn. He has a one-stroke lead over Gator Brett Stegmaier and Johnson Wagner. 

    Brett began on No. 10 and his round of 64 included seven birdies in a nine-hole span between the 13th hole and the third. Gator Matt Every also got off to a good start and he's tied for sixth with 4-under 66. Rory McIlroy is at 3 under, along with Jim Furyk and Patrick Reed, while Seminole Daniel Berger is at 2 under. 

    With the early projected cut at minus 1, Gator Brian Gay (+2), Jason Day (+2), Justin Thomas (+3) and Bubba Watson (+5) have their work cut out for them. 

Monday, June 19, 2017
Koepka sharp in winning U. S. Open . . .

    Are the Seminoles and Gators taking over the PGA Tour? Maybe not, but recent results point out just how competitive Florida's schools have become. Brooks Koepka's record-tying victory in the U. S. Open makes it three victories for the two paragons of higher learning in the last five tour events. The week before the Open, Seminole Daniel Berger captured the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, and on May 21, Gator Billy Horschel won the At&T Byron Nelson in Fort Worth.

    Their stellar play, even before the victories, has been quite lucrative for the trio, with Koepka leading the way. The $2,160,000 check at Erin Hills moved him up to fifth on the money list with $4,464,771 in the bank. Berger's $1,152,000 payday has him in 12th place with $2,894,734, while Horschel is 19th with $2,541,971 after his deposit of $1,350,000 in Texas.  

    At 16 under par, Koepka tied Rory McIlroy for the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par in the long history of the event. His Sunday 67 was best for the tournament champion since a fellow named Tiger did it in 2000 at Pebble Beach. When it was white-knuckle time on the final nine holes, Brooks looked like an adult playing against children. Rarely has a major winner appeared to be so cool and calm when the chips were down as attested to by the number of fairways and greens he hit in regulation while his closest rivals were struggling to keep it in the fairway.

    Brooks wound up winning by three over Brian Harman, who struggled late and shot 72, and Hideki Matsuyama, whose 66 was the best score on Sunday. Hideki couldn't quite overcome his opening-day 74. Tommy Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler, who both had legitimate shots teeing off on No. 1, also struggled, both posting even-par 72s. Justin Thomas, tied with Brooks after 54 holes via his third-round 63, skied to a 3-over 75 and fell to 8 under and a tie for ninth. Aside from Koepka and Matsuyama, only six players were able to break 70 in the finale - Bill Haas, X. Schauffele, TreyMullinax, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth. But all began too far back to make a difference.

    FOUR FOR BROOKE - Canadian Brooke Henderson, who hasn't reached her 20th birthday, closed with a 66 to win the Meijer Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was two strokes better than resurgent Michelle Wie, who shot 65 Sunday, and Lexi Thompson, the third-round leader who could do no better than 69. Brooke's fourth LPGA victory was worth $300,000. Lydia Ko's losing streak continued, but she still came in at 12-under and deadlocked for 10th.  

    BACK TO WEB.COM - After missing the cut (74-76-150) at Erin Hills, Ted Potter is back on the Web.com trail this week at the $550,000 Lincoln Land Charity Championship at the Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois.   

 

  

 

Sunday, June 18, 2017
12 players within five strokes of the leader . . .

    Johnny Miller (he's not part of the announcing team) was the first analyst to suggest that Erin Hills is not a true U. S. Open venue, and the stats certainly back him up. There are 68 players still in it, and 42 are under par - that's 62 percent - and that's not the norm when it comes to the Open. The long hitters are taking advantage of the wide fairways and the scores reflect it. Justin Thomas breaks the Open record with a 9-under 63 on Saturday - it doesn't happen. 

    The top 15 on the board broke par yesterday and it was amateur Cameron Champ, who's tied for 17th at 4 under, who provided the first over-par round, a 73. 

    Brian Harman sits atop the leaderboard at 12 under with a precarious one-stroke edge over Thomas, Seminole Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood. Rickie Fowler is another stroke back and there are 12 players in all within five strokes of the lead, which should make for an exciting finish today, unless someone breaks away with a spectacular round, as Thomas did. 

    However, the wind is howling today at Erin Hills, so low scores may be tough to come by. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Total of 150 misses cut by 5 . . .

    Ted Potter bowed out of the U. S. Open yesterday, derailed by a string of bogeys that propelled him to a 4-over-par 76 and a two-day total of 6-over-par 150, five off the cut line of plus 1.

    But Ted wasn't the only one who fell victim to the fescue at Erin Hills, and as many marquee names didn't make it to the weekend, as did. The on-their-way-home list included Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm, Jason Dufner, Justin Rose, Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel. It also included Gators Billy Horschel (79-78) and Tyson Alexander (71-77), and Seminole Daniel Berger (78-75). Tyson was still alive after 12 holes, right on the cut line, but he took two bogeys and a double on the next few holes to kill his chances. 

    There is  four-way deadlock for the lead at 7 under among Paul Casey, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Seminole Brooks Koepka. Rickie Fowler, the first-round leader with 65, had it to 9 under early in the round, but a string of three bogeys dropped him to 6 under and a share of fifth.

    Ted made four bogeys and one birdie on the front nine and two bogeys and a birdie on the back for his 76. He's entered in the Web.com's $550,000 Lincoln Land Charity Championship this week in Springfield, Illinois, along with Dan McCarthy, two-time winner of the Ocala Open at Candler Hills.  

    

Friday, June 16, 2017
Ted is one over the early cut line . . .

    Ted Potter got off to another slow start at the U. S. Open yesterday, going 4 over par after eight holes on the back nine, which included a double-bogey seven on the par-5 15th. A saving birdie at 18 put him at 3-over 39 over the long and tough Erin Hills layout.

    But Ted bounced back somewhat on the front nine, making birdies at 4 and 9, plus a lone bogey on 6, and he came home in 1-under 35. His 2-over 74 left him in a tie for 82nd place, one off the early projected cut line of 1 over par. He tees off today at 12:30 Wisconsin time in the company of Whee Kim and Daniel Chopra.

    Rickie Fowler enjoyed a bogey-free round of 65 with seven birdies, and he has a two-stroke lead over Seminole Brooks Koepka, Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood. Seminole Jack Maguire, just 22, is tied for 19th at 2 under, and Gator Tyson Alexander of Gainesville, who, like Ted made it into the Open through a Monday qualifier last week, was at 1-under 71. Gator Billy Horschel shot himself out with 7-over 79.

    Jordan Spieth was on the cut line at 73, while Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott were at 2 over, with Dustin Johnson another stroke behind. Jason Day knocked himself out of contention with two triples courtesy of the two-foot high fescue that they are calling the rough. 

        

Monday, June 12, 2017
Ted headed back to PGA Tour next season . . .

    Ted Potter virtually ensured himself re-entry to the PGA Tour in the fall with a second-place finish in the $600,000 Rust-Oleum Championship in Ivanhoe, Illinois yesterday. Ted closed with a 3-under-par 69 for a 72-hole total of 276, 12 under and just two strokes behind red-hot winner Stephan Jaeger.

    Ted earned $64,800 to bring his total for the season to $177,882, and he jumped from 14th place on the Web.com money list to fourth. It usually takes about $150,000 to finish in "the 25," the group that graduates to the PGA tour. And, there are still 11 events remaining on the Web.com schedule before the last four $1 million events, called "the Finals," after which 25 more players can graduate.  

    Ted began the final round at 9 under par, four behind Jaeger and tied for second place. Playing in the next-to-last group in front of Jaeger, Ted came out of the gate with a burst, making birdies on the first, second and fifth holes until stalling with a bogey on No. 7. But he birdied the ninth to get it to 3 under again, turning in 33. At the time, Jaeger had played eight holes in 1 under, and his lead was down to two.

    When Jaeger took a bogey on No. 9, the lead was cut to one, and it remained that way as both parred No. 10. Ted then parred 11, and Jaeger upped his lead to two again with a birdie. On 13, Ted hit his drive into a bunker and made bogey, and the lead went to three. He was never able to get closer than two the rest of the way, but it was a stellar performance.

    While the Web.com Tour travels to Wichita, Kansas for the $625,000 Air Capital Classic, Ted will take the week off to tackle tough Erin Hills in the U. S. Open, secure in the knowledge that he'll be back in the big time again next season.  

    BERGER BEAUTY - It was a good day for FSU at the FedEx St. Jude Classic as Daniel Berger overcame a three-stroke deficit to defeat Whee Kim and Charl Schwartzel by one and collect the $1,152,000 winner's check, the former Seminole's second straight victory in the event. Berger closed with a pair of 66s, while third-round leader Rafa Cabrera Bello shot a final-round 71; he was the only player in the top nine who didn't break 70 on Sunday. 

    Gator Billy Horschel shot the best Sunday round of 64 for 8-under 272 and finished in a five-way tie for fourth, which included Cabrera Bello. They all collected $252,000. Seminole Brooks Koepka wound up at 1 under, banking $26,912, while Gator Matt Every was never able to follow up on his opening 64, finishing at 3-under 277 and earning $48,320. 

    Phil Mickelson had a shot to win it all, and was briefly tied for the lead, but a ball in the water on No. 12 and a subsequent triple bogey killed his chances. He finished at 7-under 273 and earned $198,400.

    

    

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Ted is four behind Stephan Jaeger . . .

    Ted Potter's charge to the top of the leaderboard Friday in his quest to win his first Web.com Tour event in six years took a detour in the high winds at the Ivanhoe Golf Club in Illinois yesterday. Ted followed up his second-round course record 63 at the Rust-Oleum Championship with a 1-over-par 73 Saturday. But the devastating winds also took their toll on much of the rest of the field and he still wound up deadlocked for second place behind Stephan Jaeger. 

    Jaegar is 13 under par heading into today's finale and he goes off at 1:30 with Alexandre Rocha as his playing partner. Rocha's 64 vaulted him into a three-way tie for second with Ted (71-63-73-207) and Andrew Landry, with whom Ted plays with a 1:20 starting time. Once again, Golf Channel comes on the air at 5 p. m. Yesterday, Ted and Jason Gore received much of the air time as they played the back nine.

    Ted opened with a birdie 4 on the third hole to get it to 11 under in a hurry, but he bogeyed 4 and 5, the latter with a three-putt green, and a bogey on seven put him at 2-over 38 for the nine. On the back, he dropped further off the pace with a bogey on 11, but he birdied 12 and 13 to get back in the mix. After 54 holes, Ted leads the field with 16 birdies, but seven bogeys have severely diminished his chances. Still, he's just four behind Jaeger, playing right in front of him, and anything's possible.  

Saturday, June 10, 2017
He;s tied for first with Jason Gore . . .

    It all came together for Ted Potter at the $600,000 Rust-Oleum Championship yesterday, as Ocala's pride tore up the Ivanhoe Golf Club for a 9-under-par 63, vaulting him into a first-place tie with popular veteran Jason Gore at 10-under 134. Gore put up rounds of 68-66. There is a four-way deadlock for third at 9 under.

    Ted began on the front nine and made birdies at 2, 3, 6 and 8 for a 4-under 32. He took his lone bogey of the round at No. 10, then ripped off birdies at 11, 14, 16 and 18, plus an eagle three at 15, and came home in 5-under 31.

    Ted and Gore tee off in the final group today at 1:40, and if one or both are still near the top when Golf Channel begins its coverage at 5 p. m., we should get to see a lot of them.  

    The next 36 holes can prove to be crucial for Ted, who is sitting in 14th place on the Web.com Tour money list. With earnings of just over $113,000, he's about $37,000 away from reaching what it took last year to make "the 25," which would ensure his return to the PGA Tour in the fall. First place this week is worth $108,000, second $64,800, and third - $40,800. Even fourth - $28,800 - would put him on the threshhold, so that he could coast for the rest of the season. Gore is in the same position - he's two spots below Ted on the list with $104,657 in the till. 

    Ted hit nine of 14 fairways during his stellar round, plus 12 of 18 greens. But he took just 24 putts, and in the tour's all-important category of "putts per greens in regulation," he recorded a low 1.250.  

    EVERY STALLS, RECOVERS - At the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Gator Matt Every began innocently enough with a par at No. 10. But he bogeyed four straight holes, and blew the lead that he held overnight at 6 under par. However, Matt hung in there, making birdies at 16-17-18 to turn in 1-over 36. He then birdied two more holes on the front to get back to 1 under, before ending with a bogey on 18 to finish at even-par 70. Still at 6 under, he's only three off the lead of 9 under shared by Chez Reavie, Charl Schwartzel and Sebastian Munoz. Stewart Cink is alone in fourth at 8 under. 

    Both Seminoles are still alive, Brooks Koepka (69-66-135) at 5 under and tied for 11th, and Daniel Berger (70-68-138) at 2 under and tied for 34th. Billy Horschel fared best of the remaining Gators with 72-66-138, deadlocking with Berger at 2 under. Missing the cut of 1 over were Camilo Villegas (70-72-142), Brett Stegmaier (73-70-143) and Brian Gay (76-68-144).  

 


    

Friday, June 09, 2017
Ted shoots 1-under 71 at Rust-Oleum . . .

    The roller coaster ride continued for Ted Potter yesterday in the first round of the $600,000 Rust-Oleum Championship in Ivanhoe, Illinois. Ted shot 37-34-71, 1 under par, and is sitting precariously in a tie for 44th place, with the early projected cut at even-par 72. 

    Brice Garnett is the leader with a 7-under-par 65, one stroke better than the trio of Mark Hensby, Ben Silverman and Sebastian Vasquez. Hensby, a former PGA Tour winner, is looking to get back to the big time after a long drought. He has played in Ocala, making the cut at the FSGA event at Ocala National several years ago, in the tournament won by Ryan Gildersleeve.

    Ted began on the back nine and parred the first five holes. He then birdied 15, 16 and 18 and bogeyed 17 to turn in 2 under. On the front, he bogeyed three holes and birdied two, including No. 9.

    Seminole Jack Maguire probably shot himself out of contention with a 6-over-par 78. Both Ted and Maguire will be heading to Erin Hills for the U. S. Open next week after Ted made it through 36-hole qualifying Monday at Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes Golf & Country Club in Columbus, while Maguire led the qualifiers at Tequesta Hills Club in Florida with 72-65-137.

    There were 120 players vieing for 14 spots in Columbus and 49 shooting for three spots in Tequesta. Ted tied for eighth in Ohio with rounds of 65-70-135, 9 under par. J. T. Poston was the medalist with a pair of 66s, while Jason Kokrak, Matt Kuchar, Stewart Cink and Bryson DeChambeau deadlocked for second. Among those tieing for second in Tequesta was Gator Tyson Alexander of Gainesville, with 72-67-139 and he survived a three-man playoff to gain his Open spot, along with Joaquin Niemann, the world's top-rankeed amateur.

    The medalist in Memphis was Steve Stricker, with 67-65-132, 10 under par.  

    REBOUND - It's been a long two years for Gator Matt Every since his second straight victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in 2015. Matt has been horrible, to say the least, and has missed 17 of 21 cuts this season, earning just $33,091. Among other things, he's 206th (43.23%) in driving accuracy on the PGA Tour and that's something no player can overcome.

    But Matt (he was on the cover of Golfer when it was in print form, playing in the Ocala Open)  went a long way toward redemption yesterday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, deadlocking for the lead with Scott Brown, Stewart Cink and Sebastian Munoz, all shooting 6-under-par 64. Matt hit 10 of 14 fairways and needed just 24 putts. Today will be the most important second round he's played in many years. 

 

 


Monday, June 05, 2017
Ted ties for 17th with Sunday 66 . . .

    Ted Potter saved the best for last at the Rex Hospital Open, shooting a Sunday 66 that lifted him from the 53rd spot into an eight-way tie for 17th. But it could have been better. 

    Ted blasted out of the gate early, making five birdies on the front nine and turning in 31. At the time, he was 8 under par and tied for 11th. On the back nine, he got it to 9 under with a birdie at 15 and moved up to a tie for seventh, but disaster struck on No. 18. He hit the par 5 in three, then three-putted for a bogey, dropping him back to 8 under again and costing him several thousand dollars. As it was, he earned a check for $8,506, boosting his total for the season to $113,082, and he fell back one spot on the money list to 14th.

    Conrad Shindler won the event on the first playoff hole against Chesson Hadley when Hadley took a bogey. The two had tied for the lead at 15 under par. Shindler is the reason Ted dropped a spot on the list, since the winner's check vaulted Shindler from 50th to fifth with $152,528 in the bank. Gator Dudley Hart finished at 6 under par and tied for 33rd; he moved from 180th on the money list to 158th.   

    The Web.com Tour travels to Ivanhoe, Illinois for the $600,000 Rust-Oleum Championship this week and Ted will attempt to better his position on the money list. Also entered is Dan McCarthy, recent two-time winner of the Ocala Open at Candler Hills, and Jack Maguire (just found out he's a Seminole). 

    HE'S NO DUFFER - Jason Dufner left the field behind on the back nine of The Memorial after his Saturday 77 appeared to have knocked him out of the running. Jason shot 65-67-77-68-275, 13 under par, for a three-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler and Anirban Lahiri.  

    After dropping back to nine under via the third-round 77, Jason began Sunday with an even-par front nine. But he birdied four holes on the back while the rest of the field fell asleep, and he waltzed home with a check for $1,566,000.

    Daniel Summerhays, who went into the finale at 13 under, soared to a 6-over 78 and dropped back to a tie for 10th. Brooks Koepka finished at 1-under 287 after a final-round 74 and tied for 31st, while Camilo Villegas tied for 63rd at plus 6.  

    The PGA Tour heads for Tennessee for the Fed-Ex St. Jude this week, where Seminole Daniel Berger will defend the title he won last year. Koepka will also contend, along with all the Gators - Brian Gay, Billy Horschel, Camilo Villegas, Brett Stegmaier and Matt Every. 

 


Sunday, June 04, 2017
Ted' is tied for 53rd in Raleigh . . .

    The dreaded triple bogey invaded Ted Potter's game once again Saturday, and prevented him from moving up the leaderboard at the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh.

   Ted began on the front nine at the TPC Wakefield Plantation and birdied the sixth hole to go 1 under, then eagled the par-5 ninth to turn in 3-under 33. But he took a bogey on 12 and followed that with the triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 13th, then parred out for 39 and a 1-over-par 72. That left him at 3-under 210 for the 54 holes and in a tie for 53rd.

Saturday, June 03, 2017
Ted makes the cut easily, tied for 24th . . .

    Ted Potter easily made the cut at the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh yesterday, tacking on another 2-under-par 69 to his opening 69 for a 138 total. He's 4 under par and tied for 24th behind leader Ethan Tracy, who put together rounds of 66 and 67 for 9-under 133. There are three tied for second at 8 under.

    Ted began on the front nine and birdied the second and fourth holes to turn in 34, then took one birdie and one bogey on the back for 35. He tees off at 11:10 this morning in the company of Andrew Svoboda.

    Gator Dudley Hart, prepping for the upcoming Champions Tour, made the cut right on the line (minus 1) with rounds of 72-69-141, and is tied for 65th.   

 

Friday, June 02, 2017
He's one above the cut line in Raleigh . . .

    Ted Potter began slowly at the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh yesterday, but made a huge late charge to sneak under the projected cut line by one stroke.  

    Ted began on the back at the TPC Wakefield Plantation and bogeyed the 12th and 13th holes to go 2 over par, but he parred out the rest of the nine for an outgoing 37. He was still 2 over after 11 holes when he mounted has charge, birdieing four straight holes to get it to 2 under after a 32 on the front. His 2-under 69 is tied for 35th. There are a slew of players who finished at 1 under and that's the cut line heading into today's second round. Ted tees off at 12:15. 

    The first-round leader is Chesson Hadley with a 7-under round of 64, one stroke better than Carlos Ortiz and Stephan Jaeger. 

    DUFNER BACK ON TRACK - At The Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, Jason Dufner and David Lingmerth share the lead with 7-under-par 65s, one stroke better than Jordan Spieth and Daniel Summerhays. Justin Thomas is another stroke back, alone in fifth. Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama all shot 2-under 70 over the Muirfield Village course.

    Seminole Brooks Koepka is tied for ninth at 3-under 69, while Gator Camilo Villegas posted a 2-over 74 and is right on the projected cut line. Matt Every shot 76 and Billy Horchel a surprising 78, same score as turned in by Dustin Johnson.   

    

Monday, May 29, 2017
Brenden Pappas won it in 2006 . . .

    Ted Potter warmed up for this week's Web.com task - the $650,000 Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N. C. - by recording a 7-under-par 65 at Stone Creek on Friday playing in the Circle S Cup skins game, making eight birdies and one bogey. Ted is set to play in the next three events after this week in his quest to remain in "the 25" and make it back to the PGA Tour later this season. The Web.com Tour will be in action for 14 consecutive weeks beginning with the Raleigh event.

    Last year, Ted was in a good spot at the TPC Wakefield Plantation, shooting 68-69-68 in the first three rounds, 8 under par over the par-71 course. But a Sunday 3-over 74 dropped him to 5-under 279 and a tie for 19th, good for a check of $8,157.

    Also entered this week is ex-Gator Dudley Hart, who is prepping for the Champions Tour - he turns 49 in August. Central Floridians Rob Oppenheim and Nick Lindheim are also playing.

    The event was won in 2006 by Ocalan Brenden Pappas, who shot 16-under 268 to edge Charlie Wi by one stroke. In 2000, Mark Hensby won with 266, at the time the tournament scoring record until Chesson Hadley's 265 in 2013. Oddly enough, Hadley is in this week while Hensby is on the alternate list.  

    LANGER BREAKS JACK'S RECORD -  Bernhard Langer's 4-under-par 68 Sunday edged him past Vijay Singh, who shot 70, and elevated Langer into the leadership in Champions Tour majors victories with nine. Langer had been tied with Jack Nicklaus with eight majors apiece, but his 18-under tour de force in the Regions Tradition broke the deadlock. Singh had gone into the finale holding a one-stroke lead. At age 59, and the way he is performing, Langer could easily add to his record and make it impossible to catch. 

    Miguel Angel Jimenez and Billy Andrade tied for third at 13 under, but neither was ever a threat to the top pair. Langer collected $540,000 for the victory, while Singh banked $320,000, and Jimenez and Andrade $172,500 each. Trilogy architect Tom Lehman finished at 5-under 283 and earned $50,890, while Gator Scott Dunlap was at 1 under, earning $20,808.

    GATORS TACKLE JACK'S EVENT - The Memorial is next on the PGA Tour schedule with its purse of $8.7 million and three Gators are among the entries, struggling Matt Every, Billy Horschel and Camilo Villegas, while Brian Gay is on the alternate's list. Seminole Brooks Koepka is also playing. Horschel and Gay both finished the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial at 1-over-par 281, tieing for 34th behind Kevin Kisner's 10-under 270.

    Kisner held on stubbornly by a stroke over a menacing trio of Sean O'Hair, Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm, all of whom had their sights set on the leader over the final few holes. Kisner collected $1,242,000, while the other three earned $515,200 each. Third-round leader Webb Simpson was at 9 under, three ahead of Kisner, entering the Sunday finale, but soared to a 71 and finished alone in fifth at 8 under, settling for $276,000.     

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Andrade is 3 behind . . .

    Vijay Singh edged past Bernhard Langer and took a one-stroke lead into today's final round of the Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship as Langer seeks to win his ninth Champions Tour major and break his tie with Jack Nicklaus in that category. Singh is 15 under par after 54 holes (66-68-67-201), while Langer's 2-under 70 dropped him into second at 202 (65-67-70). Bill  Andrade is third and still with a chance at 12 under 204.

    Trilogy architect Tom Lehman dropped back to a tie for 15th st 211 after soaring to 75 Saturday. Adena pro Marco Dawson and Gator Scott Dunlap are ted for 20th at 3 under.   

    SIMPSON IN FRONT BY 2 - At the Dean & DeLucaInvitational in Fort Worth, Webb Simpson clings to a two-stroke lead over Paul Casey and Danny Lee heading to the finale. Simpson is 9 under. Stewart Cink is tied for fourth at 6 under with Kevin Kisner in his attempt to win his first event since defeating Tom Watson in the British Open a few years back. Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia are tied for eighth at 4 under. 

    Gator Brian Gay (69-69-71-209) is 1 under and tied for 18th and Billy Horschel has a trio of 70s and is tied for 22nd at even par 210. Phil Mickelson is tied for 32nd at 1 over. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Singh, McCarron tied for 2nd . . .

    Bernhard Langer stretched his slim one-stroke lead to two at the Regions Tradition yesterday as he moved one stroke closer to breaking Jack Nicklaus's mark of eight major titles on the Champions Tour. Langer added a 5-under-par 67 to his opening 65 for 12-under 132, two ahead of Vijay Singh and Scott McCarron.

    Unknown James Kingston, who was deadlocked for the lead with Langer at 7 under nearing the completion of the first round before dropping back to 5 under, imploded in round 2 and shot 74. He's tied for 14th at 3 under.

    Trilogy architect Tom Lehman added a 3-under 69 to his 67 and at 8 under is tied for fifth. 

    Gator Scott Dunlap faltered Friday, and he's tied for 22nd at 1 under (68-75-143). Adena pro Marco Dawson's pair of 73s has him at 2 over, tied for 47th. Corey Pavin had the worst day of all after his opening 69, shooting 10-over 82.

    THERE'LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE - The top of the leaderboard changed drastically after the conclusion of the second round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas yesterday.

    When play was suspended at Colonial late in the day Thursday with a great many players still on the course, Derek Fathauer, J. T. Poston and Kelly Kraft were tied for the lead with 5-under 65s. By the end of play Friday, the three were nowhere to be found, Fathauer shooting 74, Poston 76 and Kraft 73. They were replaced by Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Danny Lee and Scott Piercy, all of whom wound up at 6 under. Masters champ Sergio Garcia shot his way into the mix with 69-66-135, 5 under. 

    Among the Gators, Brian Gay was best with 69-69-138, 2 under and tied for 11th; Billy Horschel was tied for 25th with a pair of even-par 70s; Matt Every was 7 over with 74-73-147, and Camilo Villegas withdrew on the front nine after his opening-round 75.