Rookie Ted Potter Jr. made a 4-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff with Troy Kelly Sunday to win the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., for his first PGA Tour victory.
Ranked 218th in the world, Potter overcame a four-stroke deficit with four holes to play, finishing with his second straight 6-under-par 64 to match Kelly at 16 under. Kelly closed with a 66.
Potter became the sixth first-time winner on the tour this season. He earned $1,098,000 and jumped from 173d to 51st in the FedEx Cup standings.
The 28-year-old lefthander had missed five straight cuts entering the Greenbrier Classic and his previous best finish was a tie for 13th.
It marked the third straight year of close finishes on the Old White TPC course. Scott Stallings beat Bob Estes and Bill Haas on the first hole of a playoff last year, and Stuart Appleby shot a 59 to beat Jeff Overton by a stroke in 2010.
Charlie Wi and rookie Charlie Beljan tied for third at 14 under. Wi shot a 65, and Beljan had a 67.
Webb Simpson lost a one-stroke lead on the back nine at the tournament for the second straight year. The US Open champion made three straight bogeys, shot 73, and tied for seventh at 11 under.
During the fourth round, Potter made long putts for a birdie at No. 15 and an eagle at No. 17, and his 5-footer for birdie at No. 18 tied Kelly, who could have avoided the playoff but missed birdie putts on the final two holes.
Champions — Kirk Triplett won the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Calif., for his first Champions Tour title, making an early eagle and closing with a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory.
Triplett, the two-time PGA Tour winner making his eighth start on the senior tour after turning 50 in March, finished at 10-under 206. Mark McNulty was second after a 69.
European — Marcel Siem shot a 4-under 67 to win the French Open at Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, one stroke ahead of Francesco Molinari. Siem had five birdies and one bogey Sunday for an 8-under 276.