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Potter holds off big guns to win Pebble Beach for second PGA title

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Ted Potter got off to a hot start for the second straight day en route to a closing round of 69 to capture the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament by three strokes on Sunday.

Potter found his groove in the California sunshine as he has bounced back from a broken ankle in 2014 to record just his second win on the PGA Tour and first in five years.

Potter maintained his deft touch on Sunday to finish with a 17-under 270 total and hold off a star-studded chasing pack that included Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

"It is pleasing," Potter said. "I struggled when I broke my ankle. You don't know what is going to happen with your golf swing or your career. To come back from that it is unbelievable right now."

Mickelson, who shot a five-under 67, Day (70), Johnson (72) and Chez Reavie (68) finished in a tie for second at 14-­under 273.

American Kevin Streelman (68) finished alone in sixth and Scott Stallings (66) was seventh at 12-under 275, five shots adrift of Potter.

Potter's only prior PGA Tour win came at the Greenbrier Classic back in 2012. In 2014, he broke his ankle in a freak accident stepping off a curb. The injury required surgery and he has battled back since, earning his PGA Tour card via the Web.com Tour last season.

"It feels so good right now," he said. "I get my second career win after five years away from it."

Potter shot a 62 on Saturday, grabbing the solo lead with four birdies on his back nine. But it was on the front nine that he really sizzled, playing the first seven holes in seven under par with five birdies and an eagle.

On Sunday, he drained four birdies in his first seven holes to extend his lead. That included a birdie chip from the rough on the par-three seventh hole.

His only blemish on Sunday was a three-putt bogey on his first hole but ­after that it was smooth sailing the rest of the way.



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