The Greenbrier Classic, Ted Potter Jr. Wins

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The Greenbrier Classic 2012 was won by Ted Potter Jr, on Sunday at The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, Western Virginia.      Ted spoke about all the missed cuts he has endured over the years;

“When you’re missing cuts every week, you get down on yourself, It’s hard to pick yourself back up. But the one plus side for me is I was still young. I was only 20 years old. I knew I had a long road ahead of me. I just like to win, I just always enjoyed coming down the stretch and having a chance to win. It was the thrill of that. Finally to win, I mean, I know it’s my first year out here, but just to win, period, I mean, it was just a big relief.”

Ted made a  4-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff Sunday to beat Troy Kelly, both players had finished tied at -16 under par for the tournament. Ted had a last round -6 under par 64, and Troy also had a great round of -4 under par, 66, which left them both in the play-off.

A disappointed Troy Kelly earned his best career finish yet, and is looking forward to more of the same;

“I had a lot of fun, and looking forward to kind of getting in that position some more.”

Webb Simpson, the third-round leader, had gone 50 consecutive holes without a bogey in the tournament, but then made three of them in a row. Webb finished tied seventh, in the log jam at -11 under par;

“I felt really confident and then just got on a bad run there. I’m probably going to learn something from it. Have to learn the hard way.”

Tied in third place at -14 under par were, Charlie Beljan and Charlie Wi.

Footnote:

John Daly and Tiger Woods have teamed up to help Greenbrier owner Jim Justice to lose some weight. The 6ft 7in Justice is literally larger than life, but needs to lose some of those excess pounds. John and Tiger came up with a plan to help Jim by offering him $100 dollars for every pound lost, donated to any charity he pleases. John spoke to Jim on Sunday;

“I told him I’d give him $100 for every pound he loses, to any charity he wants, Tiger said he’d do it, too. We care about him. If we could get him to lose some weight and add about 30-40 years to his life, he’ll be happy. It’s time somebody did something for him after him always doing something for everybody else. He’s just got the biggest heart of any man I’ve ever known,” Daly continued. “I just want him to know that we all care about him. Every year I talk to him, his back is hurting him, and his knees are hurting him. I can get to my doctor and help him lose a ton of weight. He’ll feel better. We just want to help him. We want to add years to his life. “