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Potter fights off stars to earn second PGA Tour win

Ted Potter Jr. defeats strong field for 2nd PGA Tour win at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am			Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Ted Potter Jr. defeats strong field for 2nd PGA Tour win at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Orlando Vargas | 12 February, 2018, 06:25

World No. 61 Chez Reavie authored a 4-under-par 31-37=68 in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to conclude on 14-under 273, up six spots into a four-way T2 on 14-under 273, three swings short of champion Ted Potter, Jr., who shot 69.

"He played great today, and this was special", said Streelman, who finished sixth among the pros and four shots back of victor Ted Potter Jr.

Potter Jr. was not considered a top-3 favorite entering the final round (though tied for the lead), and got off on the wrong foot with a bogey on the first hole.

Potter's only prior USPGA Tour win came at the Greenbrier Classic back in 2012.

Fellow American Phil Mickelson (67) was joint second with Chez Reavie (68) and Australia's Jason Day (70). It was a long time coming for the feisty lefty who battled his way back to the PGA Tour after suffering an injury in 2014 that caused him to miss almost two years of competition.

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With five birdies and five bogeys, McIlroy's even par 72 at Pebble Beach left him one-under for the tournament and outside the cutline by two strokes."I hit some really good shots", McIlroy said."I just needed a few putts to fall".

The win gets Potter a spot in the Masters this April, where he's made just one career appearance in 2013.

Seven players tied for eighth at 10-under 277, including 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am victor Jimmy Walker, who posted a final round five-under 67 to finish inside the top 10 for just the second time in his last 26 starts.

He and partner Kevin Streelman held the lead after every round of the event, which ended Sunday in Pebble Beach, Calif. The Australian has not finished outside the top 25 since the 2017 Open Championship.

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