A tale of two lefties at Pebble Beach ends with a twist

From ESPN - February 11, 2018

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- A lefty won at Pebble Beach on Sunday, it just was not Lefty.

Phil Mickelson is the name that comes to mind among golfers who swing from the other side of the golf ball, but it was little-known Ted Potter who prevailed, outplaying long-hitting Dustin Johnson in the final group and staying far enough ahead of the Hall of Fame left-hander to thwart any final-day charge.

To suggest that the two golfers are quite different is an understatement akin to describing Pebble Beach as a nice place.

They both play golf left-handed and do everything else right-handed. The similarities end there.

Mickelson, 47, of course is golf royalty. Destined for greatness. A three-time NCAA champion, winner of a PGA Tour event as an amateur and nearly 25 straight years in the top 50 in the world plus his 42 professional wins and five majors.

Potter, 34, turned pro out of high school, won a few dozen mini-tour events, missed 24 consecutive cuts on the Tour as a 20-year-old and somehow has worked his way back to the PGA Tour after a severe ankle injury that cost him nearly three years of competitive golf. His lone victory on the PGA Tour before Sunday was at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic.

And yet, both players have their name on the Pebble Beach trophy -- although it is a total of four times for Mickelson.

"I am definitely thrilled,'' said Potter, who earned $1.332-million to run his career PGA Tour earnings to just over $4 million -- or a decent endorsement deal for Mickelson.

"I am so happy right now to get it done today, especially against the No. 1 in the world, playing with him today. And to win here at Pebble is just unbelievable. It's beautiful.''

Potter appeared to have no chance against the No. 1-ranked Johnson, especially after a bogey on the first hole and a drive that Johnson ripped 50 yards past him at the second.

But Potter, ranked 246th in the world, settled down, making four birdies on the front side and all pars on the back to shoot 3-under-par 69 and win by three over Mickelson, Johnson, Jason Day and Chez Reavie.


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