Little knowns steal Greenbrier limelight

Ted Potter Jr has birdied the third extra hole of a playoff against Troy Kelly to win the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia.

While tournament organisers might have rued the fact that marquee guests, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, were not around at the weekend to enhance the final two rounds of the event, for Potter and Kelly the outcome provides a great boost to their careers.

Potter is in his rookie season on the PGA Tour after a great season on the Web.Com Tour in 2011 although other than a tie for 13th in his opening event in Hawaii there has not been a lot to get excited by. His next best finish had been 30th so he needed something special and before too long if he was to extend his playing rights at this level.

Not only has he done just that for another two years but he has also earned a cheque for US$1,098,000, a trip to Augusta National in 2013 and a start at the Open Championship.

After success in mini tour events earlier in his career, Potter has battled away on the Web.Com Tour for several seasons, one of in which he missed 24 of 24 cuts. The tide has well and truly turned for the 28 year old.

Kelly too was in need of a boost and while he might not earn all the benefits associated with a victory, his runner-up cheque for US$658,000 will go a long way towards ensuring he has PGA Tour status for another twelve months at least.

Kelly too has played mini tours and the Web.Com Tour for most of his professional career although he did earn the right to play on the PGA Tour in 2009 and again this year via the Web.Com Tour in 2011.

Kelly has also earned the right to play the Open Championship, being the leading player in this event not otherwise qualified.

Potter played his last four holes in 4 under today to record a final round of 64 and then waited twenty minutes or so before the final group of Kelly and third round leader, Webb Simpson, finished off their rounds.

Both players parred the first extra hole but Potter gave Kelly a life when he missed a short birdie chance at the second hole. Potter though would hit a great tee shot at the third hole to four feet and converted for a birdie and the victory.

Charlie Beljan and Charlie Wi finished in a share of third position.

US Open Champion, Webb Simpson, began the final round and the final nine as the leader but fell away with a homeward nine of 40 . He will now take a break from tournament of a month or more as he and his wife prepare for the arrival of their second child.

The leading Australians were Gavin Coles and Rod Pampling who finished in a tie for 27th while Marc Leishman also made the cut but finished well back.

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