The Greenbrier Classic, Ted Potter Jr. Wins

Merry Potter

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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. “

The Greenbrier Classic, 54 hole leader, Webb Simpson

Unfinished business

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Webb Simpson has a two shot lead at The Greenbrier Classic after a beautifully crafted third round of -5 under par 65 and a total of -14 under par, at The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The tournament he could and probably should have won last year. Two strokes adrift is Troy Kelly, who enjoyed a magnificent round of -8 under par, 62 for a tournament total of -12 under par, and a further shot back are three players on -11 under par. Those players are, Ken Duke, J.B. Holmes and Charlie Beljan.

After being congratulated on a good round, Webb replied;

” It was a similar round to yesterday. I just had to be patient there early, I couldn’t get anything to drop on the first six holes. But, you know, this golf course will give you some birdies. If you kind of keep plotting and putting the ball in the fairway, you’ll have plenty of wedge opportunities. That’s what I did, and fortunately for me I took advantage of those holes coming in. I wasn’t greedy, I would have taken two or three, but I got five so it’s a great feeling to play another bogey-free round and I’m in great position for tomorrow. “

He admitted that not having Tiger Woods in the mix was comforting;

“When he’s not lurking around on Saturdays and Sundays, it makes it a little easier I think for other guy’s. I’ve almost got to imagine that these guys are all going to shoot 4, 5 under. I’ve got to stay aggressive.”

Troy Kelly said he had fun out there;

” You know, I played good. I got off to a good start. I made about an eight-footer on the 1st hole and I made about, gosh, probably about a 20-footer on 2. So that got my round going at least, got me comfortable for the day. It was just nice to see some putts go in. I haven’t made a lot of putts the last, I mean, pretty much the whole year. I mean, if you look at my statistics, my ranking’s not very good in the putting category, so it’s just good to see some putts go in. And I had fun today, it was a fun round. I haven’t made a lot of putts pretty much the whole year. It’s just good to see some putts go in. I had fun today.”

Troy Kelly underwent hip-replacement surgery in September 2010 after being diagnosed with arthritis, he is happy just to be playing;

“For me to just play this game at a high level, I had to go get it done.”

43-year-old Ken Duke commented on how hot it was out on the course, but he also had some fun;

” Very hot day, but it was a good solid round. Didn’t get off to a very good start, but made a couple of birdies on 5 and 6, kind of got the round going. Hit some really good shots in that little stretch right there, and got 10, 11 and 12, so it kind of got the day going and having fun out there and that’s what it’s all about.”

J.B. Holmes had part of his skull removed in September 2011, four months after he started having vertigo symptoms. He only returned to the Tour in January. He believes his swing and yardage assessment has become better since his return;

“I feel like I’ve improved a whole lot and really narrowing it down and getting back to where I was.”