Journeyman Potter pulls off fairytale victory
While Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson stewed after missing the cut, and US Open champion Webb Simpson frittered away a two-shot overnight lead, two journeymen fought out a thrilling duel for the Greenbrier Classic last night.
World No 218 Ted Potter Jnr produced a sensational eagle-birdie finish to force a play-off with 464-ranked Troy Kelly, and prevailed on the third extra-hole at White Sulphur Springs -- having missed a sitter on the previous hole. Potter, a 28-year-old Tour rookie who had managed just one top-25 finish his his career, had missed his last six cuts.
Kelly (34) had never finished higher than tied 37th in a US PGA Tour event; he had missed 23 cuts in 33 previous events.
Yet Kelly led by two strokes as he played the 16th, on 16-under, having surged into second place overnight after a magnificent 62 on Saturday, before Potter's late heroics.
Potter missed a three-foot putt to win it at the second extra hole, but recovered his nerve to take the title at the third.
South Korea's Choi Na-yeon survived a tumultuous four-hole stretch after the turn to win her first Major title by four shots at the US Women's Open in Kohler, Wisconsin on yesterday.
A commanding six strokes ahead of the chasing pack overnight, Choi triple-bogeyed the 10th and did well to salvage pars at the 11th and 13th before regaining momentum to close with a one-over-par 73 at Blackwolf Run.
The 24-year-old birdied the 15th and 16th in dazzling sunshine and shrugged off a bogey at the last for a seven-under total of 281, finishing four ahead of her compatriot and playing partner Amy Yang (71).
Choi embraced her caddie in delight before being showered in champagne by her friends after becoming the sixth Korean to win the US Women's Open, and the fifth in the last eight years.
Meanwhile, the Greenbrier Classic went down to a play-off between American journeymen Troy Kelly and Ted Potter Jnr after overnight leader Webb Simpson fell away.