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The Greenbrier


(Old White TPC Course) (Par 70/7,287 yards) White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia


THE GREENBRIER CLASSIC Victories Most


Stuart Appleby Scott Stallings Ted Potter, Jr.


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Ted Potter, Jr. after winning the 2012 Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC.


IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT TED POTTER JR.’S LIFE, the title might be, “You Gotta Believe.” Potter turned pro at age 19, right out of high school. He worked in the cart barn at the Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club in Ocala (FL) to save enough money to take a shot at the mini-tours. He never had much formal golf instruction but he won 14 times on the Hooters Tour, had $650,000 in winnings, and was Player of the Year twice. But in his first season on the Web.com Tour in 2004 (then


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the Nationwide Tour) he was 0-for-24 in cuts made. It would be three long years before he managed to get back on that Tour but his performance was only marginally better, making just five of 20 cuts.


A LONG ROAD AWAITED


“When you’re missing cuts every week, you get down on yourself,” said Potter, who finally earned his PGA TOUR card after finishing second on the 2011 Web.com Tour money list. “It’s hard to pick yourself back up. But the


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Hall of Fame member Tom Watson, age 62, finished tied for 73rd at The Greenbrier in his 603rd official PGA


TOUR start, making his 496th official cut. He became The Greenbrier’s


second Golf Professional Emeritus in 2005, following the late Sam Snead.


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