Golf

Monday, August 14, 2017
Ted is assured of PGA card . . .

    The Web.com Tour has just two events remaining before reaching "The Playoffs," the four-tournament wind-up, all with a purse of $1 million, culminating with the Tour Championship in north Florida. Ted Potter's PGA card for the 2017-2018 wrap-around season is already assured - he remained in 12th place on the money list with $199,379 in the bank despite sitting out the Price-Cutter Charity Championship that ended yesterday.

    After this week's News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, which is worth $550,000, all that remains for players to make a last-ditch effort to sneak into the top 25 is the $800,000 WinCo Foods Portland Open, and Ted will play in both as a warmup to the playoffs. Former Gator Dudley Hart will play in Knoxville, as will Seminole Jack Maguire and two-time Ocala Open winner Dan McCarthy.

    There are a slew of former name PGA players battling to make the 25, including Jason Gore, Daniel Chopra, Casey Wittenberg, Scott Gutschewski and Robert Allenby. Currently, the player in the 25th spot has earned $152,337. One who will be back is Chesson Hadley, who finished third in the Price-Cutter and is second on the money list with $261,796. 

    As has been the case so often this season, another newbie popped up in the Price-Cutter event, Ben Silverman winding up at 25 under par and winning by a stroke over Talor Gooch. Silverman's victory was worth $121,500 and vaulted him from 63rd to 16th on the list with $187,537. Gooch collected $72,900 and moved from 39th to 20th.       

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Mickelson, Sergio, Bubba are headed home . . .

    The greens were softer, putting was no longer a recipe for disaster and the scores were generally better on the second day of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.  Although 25 players were still on the course when the horn sounded signaling it was too dark to continue Friday evening, Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama were going to be the co-leaders at 8-under 134 heading into today's moving day.

    Kisner added a second straight 67 to retain the top spot while Matsuyama joined him after firing a 7-under-par 64, low round of the day. It was equaled only by Francesco Molinari, who moved up from 2-over par to 5 under and into a tie for fourth with Louis Oosthuizen, who posted 70-67-137. Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Paul Casey were well within hailing distance at 3 under with 36 holes remaining.

    Rory McIlroy is at 2 over, as are Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson, and Jon Rahm is another stroke behind. Among the over-50 set, Steve Stricker (+3) and Vijay Singh (+3) are still around, but not Ernie Els (+8) and John Daly (+11).

    The round featured some hilarious moments after the horn sounded at the end as players scrambled to tee off on No. 18 so they wouldn't have to come out early this morning to finish their rounds. 

    Among the Seminoles, Brooks Koepka added a 2-over 73 to his opening 68 and is tied for 10th at 1 under par, but teammate Daniel Berger missed the cut with 73-76-149. Gator Billy Horschel rebounded from a Thursday 76 for 1-under 70 and made the cut at plus 4, one better than the final cut line. Not so lucky and heading home for the weekend are such pre-tournament favorites as Justin Rose (+6), Bubba Watson (+7), Sergio Garcia (+8) and Phil Mickelson (+11).   

Friday, August 11, 2017
Cut line is at plus 3 . . .

    The Quail Hollow course tore up much of the field in the opening round of the PGA Championship, with the strangely-banked greens causing most of the trouble. Shots that hit the greens in disadvantageous spots had a tendency to slither off into the rough, or into bunkers and scores skyrocketed to the point that the projected cut line after 18 holes was 3 over par.

    Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen did the best job of solving the tricky greens and they hold a one-stroke lead at 4-under-par 67. There is a five-way tie for third which includes Seminole Brooks Koepka, whose solid recent play gives him a huge chance to win his second major. Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler were two strokes behind, along with Patrick Reed and Paul Casey, and Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson were 1 under.

    Among other notables, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were at 1 over, Sergio Garcia at 4 over and Phil Mickelson at 9 over without making a single birdie. Seminole Daniel Berger was within the cut line at plus 2, but Gator Billy Horschel was in trouble at 5 over. 

 

Monday, August 7, 2017
Ties for 70th in Ellie Mae Classic . . .

    Ted Potter suffered through a lost weekend at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, unable to keep it going after getting it to 6 under par after 36 holes. Ted tacked on a pair of 3-over-par 73s and his even-par 280 dropped him into a tie for 70th place. The meager check for $1,422 lifted his earnings to $199,379 and he fell one spot on the money list, from 11th to 12th.

    Martin Piller finished at 18-under 262 to win the event by one stroke over Brandon Harkins and collected a check for $108,000. That vaulted Gerina Piller's husband from 105th on the list to 24th with a total of $140,195.

    The Web.com Tour has just three events remaining on the regular-season schedule, beginning with this week's $675,000 Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper at the Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Missouri. Ted will sit this one out, looking ahead to the $550,000 News Sentinel Open in Nashville and the $800,000 WinCo Foods Portland Open. That will be the last chance for players to break into "the 25" and ensure their PGA exemption for next season, or to make the top 75 in order to be eligible to compete in the playoffs, comprised of four $1 million September events at the conclusion of which another 25 PGA cards will be handed out. 

    KIM HANGS ON AT ST. ANDREW'S - I. K. Kim headed into Sunday's final round of the Women's British Open with a daylight lead at St. Andrew's, and did just enough to hang on for a two-stroke victory over fast-closing Jodi Ewart Shadoff. Kim began the day at 17 under par and only was able to muster up a 1-under 71 to go to 18 under. Shadoff went on a birdie spree and posted an 8-under 64, picking up seven strokes and making it interesting late in the day.

    Michelle Wie, 10 strokes behind when play began, shot 6-under 30 on the front nine and was causing a stir, but she stumbled on the back nine and wound up with a 66 for 275, five behind Kim, who collected $504,821 for the victory. Shadoff earned $302,899 for second while Wie wound up in a tie for third with Caroline Masson and Georgia Hall, each picking up $175,509.

    Paula Creamer, hoping to do enough for Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster to pick her as one of the final two members of the team, shot 8-under 280 and lost out to youngster Angel Yin and Austin Ernst. Gator Sandra Gal shot 72-70-70-73-285, 3 under par, and came away with $11,000. 

    RUNAWAY IN AKRON - Hideki Matsuyama ripped the Firestone course for a 9-under 61 on Sunday for a total eclipse of the loaded field in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He wound up at 16 under par to grab the check of $1,660,000, and was five strokes ahead of runner-up Zach Johnson, who pocketed $1,045,000 in defeat. 

   Both Seminoles, Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka, were at 3 under 277 and earned $95,500, while the lone Gator, Billy Horschel, was horrendous for three rounds before closing with a 2-under 68 and ended at 19 over. He collected $43,875.  

 

 

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017
Yun leads at 13 under . . .

    Ted Potter dropped to seven strokes off the lead held by Andrew Yun after he posted a 2-under-par 68 at the Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward, California, on Friday. Ted fell into a tie for 33rd with rounds of 66-68-134, 6 under, over the par-70 TPC at Stonebrae course. Yun leads at 13 under after rounds of 65-62-127, one stroke better than Brandon Harkins.  

    Ted began with an early eagle-birdie on Friday to get it to 3 under, but gave two back with bogeys at 7 and 8. He made one birdie on the back for nines of 34-34. The cut came at 3 under and missing it were Dan McCarthy (-1), Seminole Jack Maguire (+7) and NBA star Stephen Curry (74-74-148), who made six bogeys and two birdies in the second round.  

Friday, August 4, 2017
Steph Curry opens with 74 . . .

    A double bogey on his 14th hole of the day prevented Ted Potter from winding up day one of the Ellie Mae Classic one stroke behind leader Nicholas Thompson. Without the two-stroke miscue Ted would have posted a 6-under-par 64 and put him in a six-way deadlock for second. As it was, his 4-under 66 dropped him into a tie for 13th, still well within hailing distance of the leader.

    Ted began on the back nine and birdied 15, 17 and 18 for 3-under 32 at the TPC at Stonebrae in Hayward, California. On the front, he got it to 4 under with a birdie on No. 3 before taking the double on the par-4 fifth. Birdies on 7 and 8 moved him back to 4 under. He tees off at 7:31 Pacific time this morning in the company of Andrew Yun and Max Marsico. 

    Two-time Ocala Open winner Dan McCarthy shot even-par 70, Central Floridian Rob Oppenheim 5-under 65 and Seminole Jack Maguire 1-under 69. Basketball star Steph Curry, who received weeks of pre-tournament publicity after getting a sponsor's invitation, exceeded all expectations with a 4-over 74. The sweet swinger's estimates had ranged from 75 to 80.  

    FAVORITES LURKING AT FIRESTONE - Thomas Pieters took a one-stroke lead after the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Akron. Pieters shot 5-under 65, one better than Russell Knox. Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are in a group two back at 3 under 67. 

    Seminoles Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger both shot 1-over 71 and are tied for 33rd, along with Phil Mickelson. Gator Billy Horschel soared to a 6-over 76. 

    HUH? - John Huh scored 15 points under the Stableford Modified Scoring system format to take the lead in the Barracuda Championship in Reno. There are 133 players in the field, all those who didn't make the grade to get to Firestone. There's a deadlock for second between Stuart Appleby and Miguel Angel Carballo, one point behind.

    Gator Brian Gay is tied for 10th with 11 points, and Matt Every is tied for 64th with five points, which is the projected cut number. Brett Stegmaier has three points and can still make the weekend with a few birdies today.  

     

 

     

Monday, July 31, 2017
Wins by 3 and earns $117.000 . . .

    The Digital Ally Open in Overland, Kansas, produced another winner whose name is anything but a household word, and probably can't be pronounced by 99.99 percent of Web.com Tour followers. Zecheng Dou shot 23-under 259 to win the event by three strokes and take home the first prize of $117,000.

    Central Floridian Rob Oppenheim tied for 13th and earned $10,806 and is in line to make "the 25" and gain his PGA Tour card. Seminole Jack Maguire tied for 71st and collected $1,521.

    The tour heads for California this week and the $600,000 Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, and Ted Potter will be there still trying to go over the $200,000 mark in earnings. He fell another spot after missing the cut at the Digital Ally and is currently sitting in 11th place. Maguire is also entered, as is Dan McCarthy, two-time winner of the Ocala Open.

    The big buzz this week is the appearance of Steph Curry, Golden State's great shooting guard and a good golfer, but we'll find out just how good on Thursday. The Web.com players have welcomed Curry, knowing his presence will enhance the event.

    Stephan Jaeger won the event last year with a record 30 under and he'll try to repeat. He's third on the money list this season.  

    NEON LIGHTS FOR VEGAS - Jhonathan Vegas captured the RBC Canadian Open for the second straight year, making birdie on the first playoff hole to turn back Charley Hoffman after they tied for the lead at 21 under. Vegas earned $1,080,000, while Hoffman collected $648,000 for second. Ian Poulter was third at 20 under.

    Gator Matt Every closed with a pair of 70s for 273, 15 under, and made his biggest check of the season - $102,000. Camilo Villegas tied for 54th, shooting 67 on Sunday, and banked $13,740. Every has played in 28 events this year, missing the cut in 20 and withdrawing in two others. In the six where he has played 72 holes, including four of the last seven, he's earned $222,484.    

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Ted misses cut at even par . . .

    Ted Potter bowed out of the Digital Ally Open in Overland, Kansas, yesterday, making it three straight missed cuts in Web.com Tour events in July. Ted added a second straight even-par 71 to his Friday round after bad weather on Thursday set the tournament back a day. It winds up with 36 holes set for today.

    Ted never was able to make any further progress after getting it to three under early Friday. He wound up making seven birdies and an equal number of bogeys over the 36 holes. Ted went into the event in 10th place on the money list with just over $197,000 in the bank, but he's certain to drop a few spots by this evening. 

    David Skinns is the leader at the halfway point at 13 under par, one stroke better than Brandon Hawkins and Central Floridian Rob Oppenheim, who shot 67-63-130. Oppenheim is 26th on the money list, just $3,000 out of 25th, and a high finish today can almost assure him of getting his PGA card for next season. Seminole Jack Maguire is tied for 22nd after rounds of 70-65-135, 7 under par, but two-time Ocala Open winner Dan McCarthy joined Ted on the sidelines after rounds of 73-67-140, 2 under.  

    HOFFMAN IN FRONT IN CANADA - Charley Hoffman (-17) takes a one-stroke lead into today's final round at the $6 million RBC Canadian Open, but there are 14 other players within four of the lead. Kevin Chappell is second at 16 under, and resurgent Gator Matt Every is still in the hunt, tied for 11th at 13 under after rounds of 65-68-70-203. Camilo Villegas is down the list after shooting 71-69-74-214, 2 under. Gators Brian Gay and Brett Stegmaier both shot 71-73 and missed the cut.  

 

 

Friday, July 28, 2017
Every tied for Canadian lead . . .

    The Digital Ally Open in Overland Park, Kansas, was washed out yesterday and the Web.com Tour event will begin this morning, with the second 18 holes on Saturday and a 36-hole finale set for Sunday. Ted Potter goes off on No. 10 at 8:10 in the company of veteran Daniel Chopra and Aron Price.

    Seminole Jack Maguire is in the field, and Rob Oppenheim and Dan McCarthy, two stalwarts of the Ocala Open at Candler Hills, will be playing together for the first two rounds.

    GATOR IN THE LEAD - Struggling Matt Every put it all together in the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open, firing a 7-under-par 65 and deadlocking for the lead with Kevin Chappell, Hudson Swafford, Brandon Hagy and Ollie Schniederjans. There is another logjam at 6 under, with 11 players, including Vijay Singh and Bubba Watson, and one at 5 under, including Dustin Johnson.

    Every's collegiate Gatormates, Brett Stegmaier, Brian Gay and Camilo Villegas, all posted 1-under 71s and were in trouble, two strokes above the cut line of minus 3.  

Monday, July 24, 2017
Ted is eighth on the money list . . .

    Ted Potter is back in action on the Web.com Tour this week at the Digital Ally Open in Overland, Kansas. He has dropped two more places on the money list to eighth, with $197,957 in the till.

    Also in the Digital Ally field is Seminole Jack Maguire, two-time Ocala Open champ Dan McCarthy and Central Floridian Rob Oppenheim. 

    STRONG FINISH FOR GAY - At the $6 million RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, four Gators are entered - Matt Every, Brian Gay, Brett Stegmaier and Camilo Villegas. Gay was superb in the Barbasol Championship that wound up Sunday in Alabama, deadlocking for third behind Grayson Murray, who was 21 under, and Chad Collins, 20 under. Gay shot 69-63-68-65-265, 19 under, and earned a check for $182,000. 

 

Monday, July 24, 2017
5 under on 5 holes is mesmerizing . . .

    Over the years, sports fans have been mesmerized by a myriad of never-to-be forgotten moments that have occurred in each of our major sports. Willie Mays' over-the-head basket catch in the World Series; Bill Buckner's muff of the ground ball that allowed the Mets to win game 6 of the 1986 World Series; Derek Jeter's catch which propelled him into the seats behind third base; Dwight Clark's catch of a Joe Montana pass to win the Super Bowl; Steve Bartman's catch in the stands with Moises Alou trying for the ball just below him. Those are just a few that are indelibly etched in the minds of most fans.

    Add to the list the mis-adventures of Jordan Spieth on the 13th hole at Royal Birkdale yesterday. For those who didn't get to see it, here's what happened. Jordan hit what Johnny Miller called the worst tee shot he had ever seen. It wound up on the side of a hill so deeply buried it took all of the spectators in the area several minutes to find it. At the time, Jordan was tied for the lead at 8 under par with Matt Kuchar, his playing partner. 

    What followed was a 25-minute odyssey during which Jordan and his caddy decided to take an unplayable lie, and walked a long way back toward the tee before finding an acceptable spot to drop, thanks to several Open officials. All the while, Kuchar was patiently sitting on the fairway, waiting to hit. 

    After clearing away several hundred fans in his path, Jordan ripped an iron safely onto the fairway on the par-4 hole. He hit his fourth shot onto the green, then calmly drained the putt to take a miraculous bogey and lose just one stroke to Kuchar, who made par. Then, appearing very calm despite his troubles, Jordan promptly went birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie on holes 14 through 17 to get to 12 under and virtually wrapping up his third Major title and 11th title overall. 

    Kuchar wound up second at 9 under, and Rory McIlroy closed with 67 for 5-under 275 and tied for fourth. The Seminoles finished well, Brooks Koepka (65-72-68-71-276) deadlocking for sixth and Daniel Berger (68-76-70-67-281) tying for 27th. 

    But it was Jordan Spieth's journey on the back nine that will be remembered for all time.  

Friday, July 21, 2017
Seminoles shine at Royal Birkdale . . .

    The PGA Tour's two Seminoles continue to make their presence felt, both shooting under par in the first round of The Open at Royal Birkdale. Brooks Koepka's 5-under-par 65 is tied for first with Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth, while Daniel Berger is tied for 12th after a 2-under 69. Gator Billy Horschel had a rough day and was 6 over.

    Weather conditions weren't bad for the opener, but were going to greatly regress for today's second round.

    The trio at the top held a one-stroke edge over Charl Schwartzel and two strokes over a group of six at 3-under 67. The early projected cut line was at 2 over par, but the cold, winds and expected afternoon rain will definitely drive that number up.

    Of the marquee names, Ian Poulter shot 67, Bubba Watson 68, Henrik Stenson, John Rahm, Adam Scott and Jason Day 69, and Rory McIlory an excellent 71 after he bogeyed five of the first six holes. Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson also shot 71, and Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson, 73. The senior group fared well, with Ernie Els at 68, Steve Stricker at 69, and Trilogy architect Tom Lehman at 72.   

    PLAY SUSPENDED - At the PGA Tour's satellite event, the Barbasol Championship in Auburn, Alabama, Martin Flores, Cameron Tringale and Zac Blair were tied at the top at 6 under par when darkness suspended play with 27 players still on the course. Gator Brian Gay posted a 2-under 69 and was tied for 42nd, and Matt Every was tied for 74th after an opening even-par 71.

    The event gives a great opportunity for Web.com players and others fighting for status to improve their positions in the pecking order.   

       

Monday, July 17, 2017
Berger ties for fifth . . .

    Daniel Berger couldn't get it together in the final round of the John Deere Classic yesterday, and his 2-under-par 70 left him three strokes behind Bryson DeChambeau, whose 7-under 65 proved to be just enough for a one-stroke victory over Patrick Rodgers. DeChambeau, 23, picked up his first PGA Tour victory, collected a check for $1,008,000, and earned a spot in the British Open this week.

    Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) both closed strongly to tie for third at 16 under, while Berger's 69-67-63-70-215 left him in a five-way deadlock for fifth that included Zach Johnson and ageless Steve Stricker. Gator Camilo Villegas (67-69-68-68-272) turned in one of his best performances in recent months at 12 under.

    A WALK IN THE PARK - Sung Hyun Park also picked the weekend to record her first LPGA victory, but this one came in the U. S. Women's Open in Bedminster, N. J. After opening with 73-70, Park added a pair of 67s on the weekend for 11-under 277 and a two-stroke edge over amateur Hye-Jin Choi, who blew her chance with a double bogey on No. 16. Gator Sandra Gal closed with 1-under 71 and tied for 27th at 1-over 289, same score as Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis.    

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Daniel looking to add to his $3.6 million bank account . . .

    Daniel Berger, one of two Seminoles enjoying a top-10 season on the PGA Tour, has a chance to add to his laurels today after his third-round 63 moved him within two strokes of Patrick Rodgers in the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. Daniel opened with 69-67 and was seven strokes behind Rodgers before he fashioned the 8-under round Saturday while Rodgers shot 68, and the gap closed to two strokes. Scott Stallings is tied with Daniel for second at 14 under.

    Daniel is tied for eighth this season with five top 10s - he has one victory and two seconds on his ledger. He's 10th on the money list with $3,629,134. Seminole Brooks Koepka is sixth on that list with $4.4 million in the bank; both will be across the sea at The Open this week.

    Camilo Villegas is the only Gator still playing in the John Deere. His 67-69-68-204, 9 under, is good for a tie for 27th. Brett Stegmaier (68-72-75-215) made the 36-hole cut but not the 54-hole cut and won't play today but will get a check in the MDF category. Matt Every missed the cut by one and Brian Gay missed by three. 

    Billy Horschel, who didn't play this week, will be at The Open, the only Gator to make the field. 


Saturday, July 15, 2017
5-under par not enough to get to weekend . . .

    Despite shooting 5-under-par (69-68-137) at the Utah Championship, Ted Potter missed the cut by one stroke yesterday as no less than 77 players were at 6 under or better in Farmington, Utah.

    Ted is still in good position on the Web.com money list with just under $200,000 in the bank, although he figures to drop a spot or two on Sunday evening. Then he'll take next week off as the tour moves to Omaha for a new event, the $600,000 Pinnacle Bank Championship. 

    Needing to shoot 4-under 67 to make it to the weekend, Ted played the back nine first in 1 under, birdieing the 13th hole. On the front, he made three birdies and one bogey, the bogey coming on the par-3 fourth hole. He got that back with a birdie on the par-5 seventh, but was unable to birdie either of the last two holes, thus the early trip home. 

    As has happened so often on the Web.com Tour this season, a fresh face sits on top of the leaderboard after 36 holes. Kyle Wilshire added a 62 to his opening-round 64 for 126, an unreal 16 under good for a two-stroke lead over Christian Brand (67-61-128). Central Floridian Rob Oppenheim is tied for third after rounds of 66-63-129, 13 under. 

    Seminole Jack Maguire is out after rounds of 74-70, as is Dan McCarthy, two-time winner of the Ocala Open, who just missed with Ted at 69-68-137. 

Friday, July 14, 2017
Shoots opening round 2-under 69 . . .

    The Oak Ridge Club in Farmington, Utah took a pounding yesterday in the opening round of the $700,000 Utah Championship, but Ted Potter wasn't among those who took advantage of it. No less than 101 of 156 players broke par and the early projected cut line stood at 3 under.

    Ted was one stroke above the cut line after a round of 35-34-69, 2 under. After making three birdies and two bogeys on the front, and adding birdies at 10 and 12 to get it to 3 under, he suffered through a six-hole span of rapping birdie putts three to five feet past the hole and only made five of the six coming back.

    James Driscoll and Matt Atkins tied for the lead at 9 under par. Dan McCarthy, two-time winner of the Ocala Open, was also at 2 under, while Seminole Jack Maguire left a lot of work to do with a 3-over 74.  

    THE OPEN ON THE LINE - At the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, Charles Howell III and Ollie Schniederjans are tied for the lead at 8-under-par 63 in an important event after which the winner gets to cross the sea with an invite to next week's British Open. There are four tied for second at 6 under, including Zach Johnson and Rory Sabbatini.

    Camilo Villegas leads the Gator contingent at 4-under and is tied for 14th. Brett Stegmaier is 3 under and tied for 24th, Matt Every at even-par 71 and tied for 75th, while Brian Gay slumped to a 4-over 75. Seminole Daniel Berger is among those tied at 2 under. 

    FENG IN FRONT - Shanshan Feng took a one-stroke lead into the second round of the U. S. Women's Open in Bedminster, N. J., with a 6-under 66. Amy Yang is second at 5 under and Lydia Ko woke up with a 4-under 68 and is tied for third. Cristie Kerr leads the American group at 3 under and Canadian Brooke Henderson is 2 under. 

    Gator Sandra Gal, playing better lately, is tied for 27th at 1 under, same as Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson. Michelle Wie's 73, 1 over, is on the cut line, and Seminole Kris Tamulis is at 2-over 74. Red-hot Ariya Jutanugarn posted an uncharacteristic 79. 

      

Monday, July 10, 2017
Two late bogeys are costly . . .

    A pair of late bogeys proved to be very costly to Ted Potter in the final round of the Greenbrier Classic yesterday. Ted began the day at 2 under par and methodically made a significant move up the leaderboard after birdies at 5, 7, 9 and 10. But bogeys at 13 and 15 dropped him back to 4 under and he wound up in an 8-way deadlock for 37th place.

    Ted collected a check for $31,824, but the players who finished at 6 under and tied for 20th, where Ted stood with six holes to play, each received $69,501, a difference of $37,677. Included in the group at 6 under was Phil Mickelson, who began the day at even par and shot 6-under 64.

    Ted made 15 birdies and 11 bogeys over the 72 holes and was done in by his inability to hit greens in regulation on the weekend, getting just 9 of 18 both days. That he was able to come in at even par for the two days is a testament to his strong chipping and putting ability. 

    Sebastian Munoz, who had a stranglehold on the lead at 14 under after three rounds, was unable to keep it going and shot 72, dropping him into a tie for third at 12 under. Xander Schauffele closed with 67 for 14 under and a one-stroke victory over Robert Streb, who shot 69 in the finale.   

    Gators Brett Stegmaier and Camilo Villegas tied for 50th at 2 under par, both shooting final-round 70s, while Brian Gay tied for 72nd, 4 over par. 

    This week. it's back to the Web.com Tour for Ted and the $700,000 Utah Championship at the Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah. By not competing in the Web.com event last week, Ted dropped two places on the money list to sixth. After the Utah tournament, there are six events left on the schedule before the four $1 million Finals, which end on Oct. 1. Two weeks later, Ted will begin his next stint on the PGA Tour.

    Seminole Jack Maguire is also entered in the Utah event, at which he finished in a tie for 10th last year. Dan McCarthy, two-time winner of the Ocala Open, is also on board.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017
Ted drops into a tie for 42nd . . .

    Ted Potter went over par for the first time yesterday in his 15th try over the Old White Course in the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia. Ted made just two birdies over the par-70 course, and four bogeys left him at 2-over-par 72. He had never been above 70 in his four ventures in this event.

    As a result, Ted dropped 20 spots into a tie for 42nd and goes into today's finale 12 strokes behind leader Sebastian Munoz. Robert Streb is second at 12 under and veteran Davis Love III, still looking to become the oldest winner ever on the PGA Tour, is at 10 under, tied for fifth. 

    Brett Stegmaier (69-70-69) and Camilo Villegas (68-68-72) are both tied with Ted at 208 and Brian Gay (67-72-72) is 1 over. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Ted is 8 behind Sebastian Munoz . . .

    A second straight 2-under-par 68 moved Ted Potter up three places into a tie for 22nd yesterday at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. But - again - it could have been a lot better.

    Ted jumped out of the box quickly as he has done so many times in the past, making birdies at 1, 2 and 7 to get it to 5 under. A bogey at 8 and a fourth birdie at 9 and he turned in 3-under 31 on the nine without a par 5 hole. He made another birdie at No.12 to go to 4 under for the day and 6 under overall, but the round unraveled when he bogeyed 13 and 16. After 36 holes, Ted had made nine birdies, but negated them with five bogeys.

    Sebastian Munoz continued on top in the $7.1 million event but he wasn't able to come near his opening round of 61. He tacked on a 3-under 67 for 128, 12 under, and was able to retain a three-stroke edge. Davis Love III, looking to become the oldest PGA Tour winner ever at age 53, is still in the hunt at 8 under.

    Camilo Villegas, who made the field from the alternate's list, was best of the Gators at 4-under 136 after a pair of 68s, while Brett Stegmaier (69-70-139) and Brian Gay (67-72-139) made the cut right on the line of 1 under. Matt Every improved to 71 after a Thursday 73 and missed the cut at 4 over.  

    OPPENHEIM CONTENDING AT LECOM - Xinjun Zhang (-11) is deadlocked for the lead with Adam Long at the halfway point of the Web.com's Lecom Health Challenge in upstate New York. Central Floridian Rob Oppenheim is tied for third at 10 under (68-66-134). Gator Dudley Hart, prepping for the Champions Tour - he turns 49 in August - shot 70-71-141 and made the cut right on the line at minus 3. Dan McCarthy, two-time winner of the Ocala Open at Candler Hills, is 4 under after a pair of 70s and tied for 35th.      

    KIRK LEADS, GAL SURGING - Katherine Kirk was in command of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wisconsin, but Gator Sandra Gal was making a strong surge when play was halted by darkness. Kirk's 68-63-131 is 13 under par and leads Gal and Jaye Marie Green by three.

    Gal shot 4-under 68 in the first round, and was sailing along toward the top with a bogey-free round and birdies at 1, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 13; she'll try to continue her assault on par this morning.  

 

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Davis Love III opens with 63 . . .

    While Sebastian Munoz ripped the Old White Course apart with a 9-under-par 61, Ted Potter faltered with a pair of late bogeys and finished the first round of the Greenbrier Classic with a 2-under 68.

    Ted began on the back nine and birdied the 11th and 12th holes, then added birdies on 17 and 2 to go 4 under, and was tied for ninth at the time. But bogeys at 3 (with a three-putt green) and 8 dropped him back to 2 under and a tie for 25th in the event where he won his only PGA title back in 2012. He tees off tomorrow at 7:20 a.m in a twosome with Shawn Stefani.  

    Davis Love III found the Fountain of Youth early in the day and was the leader at 7 under until Munoz finished his excellent round as evening fell. Love's son, Davis IV, shot 4-over-par 74.  

    Among the Gators, Brian Gay posted a 3-under 67, Camilo Villegas, who slipped in from the alternate's list, a 2-under 68, Brett Stegmaier a 1-under 69, and Matt Every a 3-over 73. The early projected cut line looked to be at 1 under. 

    PAR LOOKS EASY IN N. Y. - At the Web.com's Lecom Health Challenge in Findley Lakes, N. Y., Xinjun Zhang takes a one-stroke lead into round 2 after an opening 64, 8 under par. Adam Lang and Michael Arnaud are one back, and veteran Gator Dudley Hart is tied for 48th at 2 under 70, which is the early cut line. Two-time Ocala Open winner Dan McCarthy is also at 2 under. There are 29 players at 1 under and 101 in all who are under par.