Potter cracks World Top 100 at Greenbrier July 9, 2012
Ted Potter Jr held his nerve to win the Greenbrier Classic from fellow-American Troy Kelly in a tense play-off. The 28-year-old, ranked 218 in the world, claimed victory with a 4ft birdie putt at the third extra hole following an exquisite tee shot.Kelly, whose previous best finish on the PGA Tour was tied-37th, looked to be heading for victory in regulation play at the US$1million tournament at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. But Potter, who was four shots behind with five holes to play, finished eagle-birdie for a 64 and a four-round total of 264, which Kelly (66) could only match. The win takes Potter Jr up to World Number 83.
Marcel Siem held off a stunning final round charge from Francesco Molinari to claim his second European Tour title at the Alstom Open de France. Six behind overnight, Molinari double bogeyed the first but responded with nine birdies in a stunning 64 - the best round of the week at Le Golf National. Siem, whose only previous win came at the 2004 Dunhill Championship, saved par at the first despite finding water from the tee and was able to avoid any dropped shots up until the 18th. He turned in 33 and added further birdies at the 14th and 15th to move ahead of Molinari, whose back nine 29 will live long in the memory of those who witnessed it. As well as earning him a start at next week's Open Championship the win takes Siem to World Number 58, a jump of 62 places.
Japan Golf Tour rookie Kyoung-Hoon Lee fired a 7-under-par 65 to earn his first tour victory at the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup 2012. Lee birdied the final two holes to win by two strokes at 19-under-par 269. He beat his fellow third-round co-leader Hyung-Sung Kim who had a 5-under-par 67. Ryo Ishikawa posted a 6-under 66 and shared third place with Dong-Hwan Lee (66), Taichi Teshima (67) and Katsumasa Miyamoto (68). The group finished at 15-under 273. Lee climbs into the World Top 200 at 187th.
Matt Hill of Canada outlasted former PGA Tour member Will Strickler from the USA in a playoff to become the first Canadian-born winner of the Dakota Dunes Casino Open Sunday. Hill, a former NCAA Individual Champion and the 2009 Jack Nicklaus award winner, made birdie on fourth extra hole to clinch his first victory as a professional and take home $24,000. He jumps to World Number 583, an improvement of 322 places.