Golf

Friday, November 20, 2020
Ted Potter shoots 2-over 74 . . .

    The old adage "You can't tell the players without a scorecard" is a perfect fit for the RSM Classic, which kicked off yesterday at Sea Island, Georgia. Contested over two courses, the par-72 Plantation and the par-70 Seaside, the scores are skewered because of the difference in par, so it's hard to tell who's leading

    The Seaside course appeared to be a little on the easier side for the opener, and Camilo Villegas, who hasn't been on the lead in a PGA event in many a moon, is one of two who shot 6-under-64; the other is Matt Wallace.

    Four others posted 5-under 65s on the course - Robert Streb, Peter Malnati, Rory Sabbatini and Patton Kizzire. Villegas, who made six birdies and no bogeys, began with a bird on 10 and ended with his sixth on No. 9. The former Gator has been the subject of much media coverage since his young daughter tragically passed away earlier this summer.   

    On the Plantation course, 5-under 67s were carded by Keegan Bradley, Cameron Tringale, Adam Long and Doug Ghim. 

    Ted Potter had another disappointing day, posting a 38-36-74, 2 over on the Seaside course. Ted made three birdies, three bogeys and one double on a par-4, and has a long way to go on the Plantation today to reach the early cut line of 2 under.

    Gator Matt Every shot 1-over-73 on the Plantation course and Seminole Hank Lebioda shot likewise.   

Monday, November 16, 2020
Ted Potter returns in this week's RSM Classic . . .

    When Dustin Johnson stepped up to the first tee at Augusta National yesterday, he was 16 under par, four strokes in front, and a cinch to win the delayed Masters. Four holes later, after he made one birdie and two bogeys, added to a pair of birdies canned by Cameron Smith, the lead had slipped to one and the issue was suddenly in doubt.

    But Smith took a bogey on five, Dustin made five birdies down the road without another bogey, and it again became no contest. Dustin shot a Masters record 20 under par and went home with a green jacket, a check for $2,070,000, a myriad of hugs from Paulina, and further proof of his current domination of the world of golf.

    Smith wound up tied for second with Sungjae Im at 15 under, each taking home $1,012,000, and Justin Thomas was alone in fourth at 12 under, collecting $552,000. 

    The lone Gator, Billy Horschel, tied for 38th at 1 under and earned $50,600, along with Tiger Woods, who took a disastrous water-logged 10 on the par-3 12th, before making birdies on 13, and 15 through 18 to finish with 76. Seminole Brooks Koepka tied for seventh at 10 under and put $358,417 in the bank. 

    Four of the nine seniors made the cut, led by Bernhard Langer's tie for 29th ($74,750). Lee Westwood tied for 37th ($50,600), and Mike Weir and Phil Mickelson were among those in a deadlock for 55th ($26,680). 

    There will be a much watered-down field for the $6.6 million RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia this week, a field that includes Ted Potter. Ted has missed the cut in the four events he has played in the new season even though he shot under par in two of them. He has only broken 70 twice in eight rounds. In this event last year, he shot 74-78. Tyler Duncan is the defending champ after he took home $1,188,000 last year.  

    Also in the RSM are Gators Brian Gay, Matt Every and Camilo Villegas, and Seminole Hank Lebioda. 

    

    

      

Saturday, November 14, 2020
Tiger is just 4 strokes back at 5 under . . .

    Although there were still several players out on the course when play was suspended at sunset yesterday, it appeared as though there would be 60 remaining to contest the final 36 holes at The Masters

    With the projected cut sitting at even par, there were exactly 60 players eligible to make it into today's third round. However, Rafa Cabrera Bello had one hole to play, and if he took a bogey and dropped from even par to one over, it would have brought all the plus 1's into the top 60. 

    There's a logjam at the top at 9 under among Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm, followed by five at 8 under, including Patrick Reed and Hideki Matsuyama. 

    Tiger Woods couldn't repeat his opening-round of 4-under 68, and his 1-under 71 left him at 5 under, tied for 17th, along with Phil Mickelson, who shot 69-70. Tiger made four birdie and no bogeys on Thursday, but he had two bogeys in round 2 to keep him from getting closer to the leaders. 

    Mickelson is one of four Champions Tour eligibles to make the cut. Bernhard Langer (-3), Lee Westwood (-2) and Mike Weir (-1) will play on the weekend, too, although Weir still had one hole to play. 

    Billy Horschel is very much alive at 4 under (70-70), as is Seminole Brooks Koepka is 5 under (70-69).  

Monday, November 9, 2020
It's his 118th start, he wins by 2 . . .

    Under normal circumstances, the winner of the event prior to the Masters gets a phone call Sunday afternoon with an invitation to play in Augusta four days later. But these aren't normal circumstances, and Carlos Ortiz will have to wait until April for his invitation.

    Since this week's Masters is a holdover from last April, the field will be made up of those who were eligible seven months ago; Ortiz was not one of the elite group. 

    Ortiz won the Houston Open by two strokes over Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Hoffman, canning a 22-foot birdie putt on the final hole to cement the victory after going to the 18th hole with a one-stroke lead. The Mexican hadn't won a PGA event in his first 117 tries, but No. 118 turned out to be the charm. He hadn't won a tournament of any kind in six years, dating back to when he won three times on what is now the Korn Ferry Tour and received an exemption onto the PGA Tour.  

    Ortiz fired a 5-under-par 65 in the finale and wound up at 13 under par. To get to 11 under, Matsuyama shot 7-under 63 yesterday, Dustin 5-under 65. Sam Burns, the 54-hole leader, closed with a 2-over-72 and dropped into a tie for seventh, along with Jason Day, who shot 71. 

    Talor Gooch also shot 63 Sunday and tied for fourth at 9 under, and Mackenzie Hughes posted a 63 and was in the tie for seventh.

    Seminole Brooks Koepka closed with a pair of 65s over the weekend and made a big jump up the leader board into a tie for fifth at 8 under. 

    A stellar field is assembled for Augusta, including Tiger Woods and nine former champs all currently playing the Champions Tour - Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Sandy Lyle, Vijay Singh, Bernhard Langer, Larry Mize, Mike Weir, Jose Maria Olazabal and Lee Westwood.

    Koepka will be the only Seminole playing and Billy Horschel the lone Gator.    

    

Sunday, November 8, 2020
Day and Gordon are one stroke behind . . .

    It's a rare day on the PGA Tour when the first three leaders after Friday's second round are also 1-3 at the end of round 3. But it happened yesterday at the Vivant Houston Open, with Sam Burns still on top, and Jason Day and Carlos Ortiz tied for second heading into today's finale.

    Burns went in at 7 under par, added a 2-under 68, and leads at 9 under. Day and Ortiz were 5 under and after both shot 3-under 67s, they're one stroke behind Burns.

    Dustin Johnson moved from a tie for 15th into fifth after posting his second straight 66. Best rounds of the day - 5 under 65s - were recorded by Seminole Brooks Koepka and Will Gordon. Koepka is tied for 13th at 3 under and Gordon is tied for 18th at 2 under. 

Saturday, November 7, 2020
Ted Potter out at 9 over par . . .

    Brandt Snedeker enjoyed just one day at the top of the leader board in the Vivant Houston Open, tacking on a 1-over-par 71 to his opening 65 and dropping into a tie for fourth at 4 under. 

    Sam Burns took over the lead at 7 under with rounds of 68-65-133, and he's two in front of Jason Day and Carlos Ortiz. Snedeker has four others in his company at 4 under. 

    Ted Potter continued to struggle over the difficult Memorial Park course, missing the cut with 75-74-149, 9 over par. Ted made two birdies and three bogeys on the front nine, and one birdie and four bogeys on the back, which included bogeys on 16-17-18. The cut came at plus 3.

    Phil Mickelson also missed the cut at 9 over (76-73), and Gator Camilo Villegas bowed out with 74-77. Seminole Brooks Koepka snuck in at plus 2 with 72-70-142, and defending champ Lanto Griffin made it at plus 3.   

Friday, November 6, 2020
Ted Potter shoots 5-over-75 . . .

    The biggest winner in Humble, Texas yesterday was the Memorial Park Golf Course, where only 27 players out of 132 were able to break the par of 70 in the Vivant Houston Open

    Brandt Snedeker shot 5-under-65 to take the early lead, and there's a 6-way tie for second at 3-under 67, the group including Jason Day and Scottie Scheffler. Of the 27 who shot under par, 11 of them were at 1 under. 

    Ted Potter had an undistinguished day, making six bogeys and a lone birdie for 5-over-75, three over the early cut line of plus 2. Ted was okay at 3 over after 14 holes, but bogeys on 6 and 7 made today's task much more difficult.

    Phil Mickelson no doubt knocked himself out with a 6-over-76, and Gator Camilo Villegas shot 4-over-74. Brian Gay, last week's winner, withdrew to celebrate his victory. Defending champ Lanto Griffin is at 2 over par 72, along with Seminole Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson. 

    

 

Monday, November 2, 2020
Gator gets first victory in seven years . . .

    The battle for Florida college supremacy returned to Gainesville yesterday by virtue of Brian Gay's overtime victory over Wyndham Clark in the $4 million Bermuda Championship.

    For the last couple of years, Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger have kept FSU's Seminoles in the state's forefront, after a couple of years when Billy Horschel and Matt Every had kept Florida's Gators in the lead. Gay's stunning victory in Southampton, Bermuda, put the Gators back on top, at least, temporarily. 

    Prior to this victory, Gay, just two years away from the Champions Tour, had won four PGA Tour events in his long career, but had been blanked since 2013. He had never lost his exemption, however. 

    After Clark birdied the 10th and 11th holes on the Port Royal Golf Course, he led Gay by four strokes and it appeared to be all over. But Clark never made another birdie over the last seven holes, while taking a disastrous bogey on the par-3 16th when he chunked a pitch shot.

    Gay, meanwhile, birdied 12, 14 and 15 to make a huge dent in the lead, but a three-putter on 17 stalled him momentarily and he went to 18 one stroke down. From a tough sidehill lie in the right rough, Gay drilled a gap wedge to within 15 inches of the hole for a birdie to get him to 15 under. A few minutes later Clark missed his putt to win and they were headed for a playoff.  

     Going back to 18, Gay made another good putt for birdie and Clark missed again - handing Gay his fifth victory and a check for $720,000. After missing his first two cuts of the new season, Gay earned 500 FedEx Cup points and moved into ninth place on that list. 

    The lone Seminole in the field, Hank Lebioda, tied for 16th at 8 under, finishing with 4-under 67. After an opening 72, the other Gator, Camilo Villegas, finished with his third straight par-71 and tied for 55th. 

      

 

 

  

Saturday, October 31, 2020
Ted missed cut last year at 5 over . . .

    Tiger Woods is noticeably absent from the upcoming Vivant Houston Open, the final PGA Tour test before the Nov. 12 Masters. Ted Potter, on the other hand, will be trying to win the $7 million event at the par-72 Memorial Park Golf Course in Humble, Texas so he can return to the main event in Augusta

    Last year, Ted missed the cut with rounds of 73-76, 5 over par - the cut came at even par. Lanto Griffin, who has been playing well recently, won it by a stroke at 14 under, despite a second-round 74. He took home a cool $1,350,000, and is back to defend his title. 

    To repeat, Lanto will have to defeat a strong field, which includes Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Tony Finau, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Scottie Scheffler and Brandt Snedeker. Seminole Brooks Koepka is also back in business along with Gators Brian Gay and Camilo Villegas.

    Gay is in Bermuda for the Bermuda Championship this weekend, and his 4-under 70-68-138 has him tied for 12th at the halfway point. Ryan Armour and Wyndham Clark are deadlocked for the lead at 8 under, one ahead of Kramer Hickok. Villegas slipped in on the cut line of plus 1 with 72-71-143, on the par-71 Port Royal Golf Course layout. 

    Seminole Hank Lebioda also made the cut with 68-72-140, 2 under, and is tied for 25th, but Gator Matt Every missed the cut with 76-73-149.     

Monday, October 26, 2020
Turns back Owen on 3rd hole . . .


SENIOR DIVISION

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1 *Ditty Drew 67 70 137
2 Owen Daniel 69 68 137
3 Murphy Mike 67 71 138
T4 Bechtel Robert 69 70 139
T4 McArthur Dennis 72 67 139
6 Albright Steve 72 68 140
7 Chill Lee 70 71 141
T8 Bryant Bobby 69 73 142
T8 Falcone Dave 71 71 142
T8 Himelsbaugh Walter 69 73 142
T8 Snoap Doug 70 72 142
T12 Donnelly Joe 72 72 144
T12 Jones Scott 69 75 144
T14 Beck Marcus 75 71 146
T14 Cona Gary 72 74 146
T14 Lazarus Todd 71 75 146
T14 Moore William 74 72 146
T18 Dean Roger 75 72 147
T18 Godwin Kenny 73 74 147
T18 Kemp Mike 71 76 147
T21 Butscher Thomas 73 75 148
T21 Hoover David 70 78 148
T21 McCabe Tom 75 73 148
T21 Morley Jeff 76 72 148
T21 Mudge Todd 76 72 148
T21 Suess Michael 74 74 148
T21 Walker Cory 76 72 148
T28 Elkins Butch 75 75 150
T28 Erickson Carl 75 75 150
T28 Weber Richard 71 79 150
T31 Johnson Bobby 77 74 151
T31 Mears David 77 74 151
T31 Paquette Jay 77 74 151
T31 Waddington Derek 76 75 151
T35 Hinkle Mike 75 77 152
T25 Koukoulis Teddy 77 75 152
T25 Terrell Derrick 76 76 152
T35 Williams Jim 74 78 152
T35 Windram Mark 76 76 152
40 Guillette Pete 75 78 153
T41 Brown Maurice 80 74 154
T41 Yancey Chris 75 79 154
T43 Henry Chris 73 82 155
T43 Kobel Paul 80 75 155
T43 Kyle Chris 74 81 155
T43 Wright Bill 73 82 155
T47 Hancock Scott 74 82 156
T47 Lacamara Anthony 78 78 156
T49 Biggs Erle 78 79 157
T49 Crile Richie 79 78 157
T51 Eller Mark 80 78 158
T51 Floyd Keith 76 82 158
T51 Jernigan Jeff 76 82 158
T51 Locker Joe 85 73 158
T51 McLeod John 80 78 158
T51 Spitznogle Paul 81 77 158
T57 Tromly Larry 75 84 159
T57 Wright Duncan 77 82 159
59 Knight Brian 79 81 160
60 Knight J. Ricky 80 82 162
61 Crenshaw Perry 82 83 165
62 Georgoplos Chris 87 79 166
T63 Mohr Richard 84 85 169
T63 Watt Jason 82 87 169
T63 Woodall Bruce 80 89 169
65 Khan Amin 85 85 170
66 Marcum Brian 86 85 171
67 Hain Vince 82 91 173
68 Clark Kinnas 90 86 176
69 Ferrucci Ray 91 87 178
70 Rouleau James 90 99 189
T71 Lowe Herbert 96 94 190
T71 McMillen Robert 96 94 190

*Won on 3rd sudden death playoff hole

Monday, October 26, 2020
Thomas and Rahm one stroke behind . . .

    Despite a late bogey - on the 16th hole - Patrick Cantlay came from behind to overtake dueling Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm to win the Zozo Championship at Sherwood by a single stroke. While Thomas and Rahm were knocking heads in the final threesome, Cantlay made nine birdies and two bogeys for a 7-under-par 65, and wound up at 23 under par.

    Thomas finished with a 3-under 69, Rahm with a 4-under 68, and they deadlocked for second at 22 under. Lanto Griffin, playing alongside Thomas and Rahm, skied to an even-par 72 and fell out of the running early. Cantlay cinched the title on the back nine with birdies on 11, 13, 14 and 15, negating his 16th-hole bogey. 

    The electricity generated by the pairing of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson never developed, with Tiger posting a 2-over-par 74 and finishing at 1 under for the 72 holes, while Phil's 78 left him at 3 over, and a 76th-place finish. 

    Seminole Daniel Berger tied for 17th at 15 under, closing with 67, but Gator Billy Horschel tied for 69th at 3 under.  

     

 

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Tiger and Phil tee off in company at 2:28 . . .

    Justin Thomas still leads the Zozo Championship heading into today's finale after a third-round 67 left him one stroke ahead of surging Jon Rahm, who turned in a 9-under 63 to take over second by himself. Lanto Griffin's 68 kept him in third at 17 under, and the top three will try to settle the issue beginning at 2:50 at the Sherwood Country Club course in Thousand Oaks, California.

    There are 14 players within five strokes of the lead, a list that doesn't include Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. But if there were spectators allowed on the course, other than the many who are watching from their back yards and patios, Thomas, Rahm and Griffin wouldn't be the main focus of the crowd until the final few holes. Before that, the biggest gallery would be following the trio that tees off at 2:28 from the 10th tee - Tiger, Phil and Adam Long

    Tiger was unable to replicate his round of Friday, when he posted a 66, barely breaking par with a 71 when he didn't make a birdie on the front nine after making five the day before. Tiger is 3 under, tied for 68th, as is Phil, who shot 67. 

    Seminole Daniel Berger is tied for 31st at 10 under, and Gator Billy Horschel is 4 under after a Saturday 73. 

 

  

Saturday, October 24, 2020
26 players within 5 strokes of lead . . .

    The Young Turks continued to dominate yesterday at the Zozo Championship at Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, California, but Tiger Woods showed that reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated

    On Thursday, while the younger set blistered the par-72 layout with a myriad of birdies, Tiger made just two, and wound up a horrible round with a 4-over-par 76. He was at the bottom of the 76-player field. After round 2, the Turks are still going strong, but Tiger chimed in with a 6-under 66 that with a little luck easily could have been a 10-under 62. 

    Justin Thomas (65-65-130) sits atop the leader board at 14 under par, one stroke better than Dylan Frittelli and Lanto Griffin and two better than Patrick Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler. There are eight more at 11 under, including Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Tony Finau. In all, there are 26 players within five shots of the lead. 

    But Tiger was the star of the afternoon telecast. He missed a four-footer for birdie on the first hole, but went 1 under with a four-footer on No. 2. He then three-putted the third for a bogey and was at even par when he could have been two under. But he made birdie putts of two feet on No. 4, 4'4" on No. 5 and 2 1/2 feet on No. 6 and suddenly he was 3 under - instead of 5. A birdie from 15 feet on the ninth led to 4-under 32.

    On the back, he bogeyed 10, made a 6-foot bird on 11, and barely missed a 20-footer on 12. He missed a 10-footer on 13, then made an impossible par on 14 after chunking a chip shot. He two-putted for birdie on the par-5 16th and made an 8-footer on 17 to complete his 66 - which could have been  62. He only moved up nine spots into a tie for 66th. 

    Phil Mickelson, back from his second victory in two tries on the Champions Tour, shot 74-72-146, 2 over, and is tied for 72nd. 

     Seminole Daniel Berger (69-68-137) is 7 under and tied for 35th, while Gator Billy Horschel (72-67-139) is 5 under and tied for 48th. 

     

Monday, October 19, 2020
Phil is 2-for-2 against the elders, goes for Zozo this week against Tiger . . .

    Perhaps the most significant numbers emanating from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic are: Mickelson - 17 under 199, and Langer - 12 under 204. 

    It may be that Langer, the perennial Champions Tour leader for as long as we can remember, may have to make sure he enters all the events that Phil doesn't if he's going to continue his dominance. Phil is now 2-for-2 on the senior circuit after his final-round 65 yesterday over the Country Club of Virginia course.

    Phil was three strokes behind Mike Weir heading into Sunday, but Weir's 71 dropped him to second, three behind Phil. Langer closed with 67 to tie for fourth.

     Among the Gators, Chris DiMarco tied for 52nd at 1 under, and Scott Dunlap tied for 59th at even par.

    Phil goes back to the PGA Tour this week for the $8 million Zozo Championship at Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, California, where he'll square off against Tiger, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Patrick Reed, Gator Billy Horschel and Seminole Daniel Berger. This field is so loaded that the No. 1 alternate is Matt Kuchar . . . Louis Oosthuizen and Charles Howell III are also alternates. 

       In two weeks, the Champions Tour returns and the PGA Tour is off, so Phil will have a chance to make it 3-for-3 if he decides to play.   

 

Sunday, October 18, 2020
Canadian Weir is 13 under after second-round 63 . . .

    It looks like it could be just a two-way battle to the wire today at the Champions Tour's Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia. 

    Canadian Mike Weir leads after two days with rounds of 68-63-131, 13 under par over the Country Club of Virginia course. Rookie Phil Mickelson, who won in his Champions Tour debut a few weeks ago, is second, three strokes behind, after posting 68-66-134, 10 under. Phil made five birdies and a bogey on the back nine, and added two birdies on the front for his round of 34-32. On Friday, he made an eagle, six birdies and four bogeys. Phil may take over the senior circuit. 

    Retief Goosen is in third at 8 under, along with Brandt Jobe, so they'll need an exceptional final round today to catch Weir and Mickelson. Rookie Jim Furyk shot 71-68-139, and is tied for ninth at 5 under.

    Ernie Els shot 66 on his birthday and is tied for seventh at 6 under. He's one of many famous types who celebrated a birthday Saturday, the list including author Bernie Dickman, singer Alan Jackson, daredevil Evel Knievel, gorgeous 'Catch 21' hostess Witney Carson, rapper Eminem, Michael McKean (Lenny of 'Laverne and Shirley' fame), George Wendt of 'Cheers,' comedian Norm MacDonald, NBA star Danny Ferry, playwright Arthur Miller who was married to Marilyn Monroe, and Margot 'Lois Lane' Kidder. There are many more, too many to mention. 

    Gators: Chris DiMarco is tied for 18th at 3 under; Scott Dunlap is tied for 43rd at even par; Dudley Hart withdrew without completing round 2. Trilogy (of Ocala) architect Tom Lehman had a tough day and is tied for 70th at 6 over.   

    

Saturday, October 17, 2020
He's 3 ahead of Tyrell Hatton . . .

    Only 78 players are contesting the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, and Xander Schauffele is the halfway leader with 66-64-130. Xander is 14 under par, despite the fact that he only hit three fairways - but he made an amazing 123 feet of putts on the Shadow Creek Golf Course.

    Tyrell Hatton is alone in second with 65-68-133, 11 under, one stroke better than Russell Henley.

    Justin Thomas, the defending champ, was 20 under and collected $1,755,000 last year; he's 6 under and tied for 8th, as is Hideki Matsuyama. Jon Rahm is at 4 under and tied for 15th, along with Gator Billy Horschel (70-70-140). Sergio Garcia is 3 under, and Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are 2 under.  

    The Seminoles: Daniel Berger is 3 under and tied for 20th, and Brooks Koepka is 2 under, tied for 26th. 

Monday, October 12, 2020
Sinks 23-foot putt on 2nd playoff hole . . .

    The PGA Tour remains in Las Vegas this week for the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek with its purse of $9,750,000. The event played at the Shadow Creek Golf Course was won last year by Justin Thomas, who shot 20 under par, two strokes better than Danny Lee.

    Sunday's windup at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Championship wound up in a three-way deadlock at 23 under among Martin Laird, Austin Cook and Martin Wolff. In the playoff, all three parred the par-4 18th hole. They went back to 17 and Laird, who made the event on a sponsor's exemption, won it with a putt of 23 feet for birdie. 

    It was Laird's fourth career victory and his first on Tour in more than seven years. He won the event in 2009 and finished second a year later. 

    

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Ted's Friday 65 one stroke short of cut line . . .

    After posting a so-so even-par 71 on Thursday, Ted Potter made a valiant effort to make the cut at the Shriners Hospital for Children Championship yesterday with a sharp 6-under-par 65, but it turned out to be one stroke short of the cut line.

    At the close of Thursday's play, the cut line was sitting at 3 under par. But the birdies were flying Friday and as Ted kept moving up the leaderboard, so did everybody else. By the end of the day, 66 players finished at 7 under, and 14 players at 6 under had to pack up and head home.  

    There's a five-way deadlock at the top at 14 under among Martin Laird, Patrick Cantlay, Brian Harman, Peter Malnati and Austin Cook as the field tore up the TPC Summerlin course in Las Vegas. The purse is $7 million and Kevin Na is the defending champ - he earned $1,260,000 last year.

    The first-round leader, Bryson DeChambeau (62) added a 67 and is one stroke behind. Resurgent Sergio Garcia, winner of the Sanderson Farms last week, shot 66-64 and is two strokes back.      

    Ted began his round like a meteor, making an eagle 2 on the par-4 first hole and adding a birdie on No. 2. For the time being, he was right on the early cut line. He had been tied for 123rd after round 1, and now moved up to a tie for 59th. After taking bogey on No. 3, Ted birdied 7, then closed out with a birdie on 9 after a 96 foot, 9-inch pitch wound up just 23 inches from the hole. He was now 4 under, and that's where the cut line had moved at the time.

    On the back, Ted made three 3 birdies and a bogey for a 31-34-65, and was in a tie for 47th. All he needed was for the cut line not to pass 6 under, but it was not to be. 

    Gators: Brian Gay (69-68, -5) and Camilo Villegas (66-72, -4) both missed the cut. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Ted goes at 12:35 at Shriners Hospitals for Children event . . .

    Last year at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, Ted Potter shot 70-68 over the par-71 TPC Summerlin course, which was 4 under par. He still missed the cut. Tomorrow, Ted will try again in the $7 million event that was won by Kevin Na, who cashed a check for $1,260,000. Na is back to defend his title.

    Among Na's major foes will be Sergio Garcia, who won the Sanderson Farms in Mississippi Sunday, with a final round 67 that sent him to 19 under par. He won by a stroke over Peter Malnati and three over j. T. Poston. 

    Gator Camilo Villegas finished tied for 23rd at 10 under after a Sunday 66 and will be playing this week in his comeback effort, along with Gator Brian Gay. Seminole Hank Lebioda tied for 44th at 5 under, but he will pass up the Vegas event. 

    Some of the other big guns playing are Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Paul Casey, K. J. Choi, Jimmy Walker and Stewart Cink.

    Ted, who has missed the first two cuts of the current season, tees off at 12:35 in the company of Richy Werenski and Satoshi Kodaira. 

    

Sunday, October 4, 2020
Keegan Bradley can't hold on, drops to minus 12 . . .

    As per usual lately, the leaderboard at the Sanderson Farms Championship changed drastically after round 3, with Cameron Davis, Sergio Garcia and J. T. Poston taking over the top spot from Keegan Bradley.

    Davis posted a 9-under-par 63 over the Country Club of Jackson course Saturday and sits at 14-under-par 202. Bradley, who went in as the leader at 13 under, faltered to a 1-over 73 and dropped to 12 under. Sergio's 66 moved him into a tie for the lead at 14 under, and Poston's 3-under-69 made it three deadlocked at the top.

    Charley Hoffman equaled par at 72 and remained at 11 under, passed by Brandt Snedeker (67) and Kristoffer Ventura (68), both right in the mix at 13 under. 

    Seminole Hank Lebioda added a 69 and is tied for 25th at 7 under, but Gator Camilo Villegas dropped into a tie for 40th after a Saturday 74.