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Day's miraculous par save worth big dollars

Day hits from the beach alongside the 18th green at Pebble Beach (Photo: Getty Images)
Ted Potter Jr has outperformed expectations with a three-shot victory over Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Chez Reavie, earning his second PGA Tour title nearly six years after his first in 2012.

Day produced one of the great par saves at the 72nd hole to share second place after an errant second, as he chased the eagle he need to open to door to possibly catch Potter, threatened to see him fall down the leaderboard.  

Day, with driver off the deck at the reachable par 5, turned the shot over and it bounced down onto the rocks and pebbles well below the height of the green.

He then pitched over the green from the loose pebbles and his subsequent bunker shot left him some 18 feet from the hole. The putt was holed and instead of finishing 5th he tied for second and saved himself perhaps as much as $250,000.

Day will also improve another two places in the world ranking to 8th position.

With course specialist Dustin Johnson, the improving Jason Day and regular contender Phil Mickelson chasing him throughout the final round, Potter recovered from an early bogey at his first hole with four birdies in his next six and although it was a series of eleven pars from that point he had done enough especially given his chasers struggled with the cooling windy conditions.

Potter is back on the PGA Tour in 2018 after regaining his status via the Web.Com Tour last year and although his return had not been all that successful until this week he is a player good enough to have won multiple Mini Tour events earlier in his career, two events on the Web.Com Tour before joining the PGA Tour and did win the Greenbrier Classic in 2012.

An ankle injury in 2014 set his career back considerably and the subsequent ankle surgery and recovery would mean the brilliance he displayed earlier in his career has only just begun to return.

It was an emotional Potter Jr who spoke after his win;

“This is definitely pleasing. After I broke my ankle you don’t know what is going to happen with the golf swing or your career that way so to come back from that is just unbelievable right now.

“I think it was winning in my mini tour days and just drawing from my past experience of winning golf tournaments,” said Potter when asked how he managed to keep compete the way he did after so long between wins.”

Johnson birdied the last to join Day, Mickelson and Reavie in the share of second place, Reavie bouncing back from his playoff loss last week in Phoenix and Johnson and Day following up recent PGA Tour wins with another good week.

Day with yet another great par save earlier in his round 

Of the other Australians Rod Pampling was 47th and Aaron Baddeley 55th.

The PGA Tour now heads down the California coast to Los Angeles for the Genesis Open at the famed Riviera County Club. 

 

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