Ted Potter is king of Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Ted Potter Jr. plays his shot from the third tee during the Final Round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 11, 2018 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Ted Potter Jr. plays his shot from the third tee during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Ted Potter Jr. outplayed the world’s No. 1 player and held off everyone else Sunday to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National for his first victory since a broken ankle nearly ended his career.

Potter holed a chip from behind the green for birdie on the par-3 seventh hole to build a two-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, and no one got any closer the rest of the way. He finished with 11 straight pars for a 3-under-par 69 and a three-shot victory over Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, and Chez Reavie in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Potter was unflappable playing alongside Johnson, who next week completes one full year at No. 1 in the world. That changed when he tapped in for par on the 18th hole, and he choked back emotion of a week he won’t soon forget.


He finished at 17-under 270 and earned $1,332,000, nearly half of his career earnings going into the week.

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He stepped off a curb in Canada in August 2014 and broke his ankle, keeping him out of golf for two years and then back to the minor leagues a year ago. Potter’s only other victory was at The Greenbrier Classic in 2012. He has missed the cut in 55 percent of his PGA Tour events in his career.

‘‘It’s been a struggle,’’ he said. ‘‘You break your ankle and you don’t know what’s going to happen with your swing, with your career. It’s unbelievable right now. . . . This has been a blast this week.’’

Potter didn’t flinch next to Johnson, with Mickelson making a late charge and Day never too far behind.

Mickelson had his highest finish since he was runner-up to Henrik Stenson in the 2016 British Open. Coming off a tie for fifth at the Phoenix Open, this is the first time he has put together consecutive top-fives since he won back-to-back in 2013.


Potter, who came into the week at No. 246 in the world, earns a trip to the Masters for the first time in five years. Potter gets a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, along with spots in the Masters and PGA Championship.

It was another disappointment for Johnson going into the final round. He now won five out of 12 times when he took at least a share of the 54-hole lead into the final round. Johnson shot 72.

Champions — Mark Calcavecchia took advantage of Bernhard Langer’s messy finish to complete a wire-to-wire victory in the Boca Raton Championship.

Calcavecchia had a 20-foot bogey save on the par-3 16th and parred the final two holes for a 2-under 70 and a two-stroke victory over Langer on The Old Course at Broken Sound.

Calcavecchia, 57, finished at 16-under 200.


He won his fourth senior title and first since 2015.

Langer bogeyed the final two holes for a 70.

Tied for the lead after Calcavecchia’s bogey on 16, Langer fell back on the par-4 17th when he left a 4-foot par putt to the right.

On the par-5 18th, the German drove to the right into pine straw and wood chips and found two bunkers before reaching the green.

Calcavecchia opened with a 64 for a one-stroke lead and birdied the final three Saturday in a 66 that left him two shots clear of Langer.

The 60-year-old Langer won his home event in 2010.

European — Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the World Super 6 in Perth Australia with a 2-and-1 victory over James Nitties in the six-hole match play final.

Kiradech had to win five six-hole matches for his European Tour title since the Saltire Paul Lawrie Match Play in 2015. He reached the championship match by beating Lucas Herbert in a 90-meter shootout hole. In the final, Kiradech overcame an early deficit with a par on the third hole, and then followed with an eagle and a birdie to close out the Australian.

The field was reduced to 24 players after three rounds of stroke play, followed by a single-elimination of six-hole matches.

Kiradech won for the fourth time in his European Tour career. — Ben Taylor shot his second straight 3-under 68 for a six-stroke victory in the Club Colombia Championship.

Taylor had a 15-under 269 total at Country Club of Bogota and earned $126,000 for his first Tour victory.