Column: Potter's Pebble play _ performance, not pedigree

Published 12:09 p.m. ET Feb. 12, 2018

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — This looked like a mismatch to everyone but Ted Potter Jr.

And probably not to Dustin Johnson, either.

They started the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tied for the lead, and that was the only thing they had in common.

Johnson made it through Q-school on his first try after college, won as a rookie and has won every year on the PGA Tour except for 2014. Next week he becomes only the fifth player to be No. 1 in the world for a continuous year. He has 17 victories, including a U.S. Open and a sweep of the World Golf Championships, and he became the fifth player to surpass $50 million in career PGA Tour earnings.

Potter turned pro out of high school and worked in a cart barn to help pay the bills and save up for Q-school. He played two-day tournaments to try and earn a few hundred dollars so he could keep going. That’s life on the mini-tours. When he…

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