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February 8 2013

8:10 PM

Potter looks for good things in 2013

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The 2013 season has already been an eventful one for Ted Potter Jr., who got engaged in Hawaii when he went to play in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last month.

"Definitely, life's good," Potter said.

The proposal was typically low-key, just like the quiet Floridian.

"She knows me," Potter said with a sheepish grin. "I'm shy. It was more like, here, you want this?"

If Potter keeps playing like he has the first two rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he'll have something a little larger than a diamond to hand to his fiancee. He's currently tied for the lead with Brandt Snedeker at 8 under, one stroke ahead of the field, after shooting a second-straight 67 this time at Monterey Peninsula

Potter picked up his first PGA TOUR victory at The Greenbrier Classic last year, shooting consecutive 64s on the weekend to overtake Webb Simpson and eventually beat Troy Kelly on the third playoff hole. He had missed five straight cuts prior to the victory at TPC Old White.

"I think it's just golf," Potter said. "It's just a funny game like that. Some weeks you play really well and you get the right kicks and everything goes well. And then there's weeks you can still hit the ball well and get the bad kicks.  It just came around that week.

The win remains Potter's only top-10 finish -- but he could make it 2-for-2 this weekend. He said the win gave him much-needed confidence after struggling to get comfortable in his rookie year on TOUR.

"I (had) never played a lot of the courses out here," Potter explained. "And the surroundings, too. I mean, I'm not used to being in front of a camera too often on min- tours, so definitely different that way, but trying to get used to that."

The cameras will be rolling on the weekend, too. But Potter plays at Spyglass Hill so he can stay out of the spotlight a bit while the celebrity rotation will take center stage at Pebble Beach. 

"Hoping it dries out because I'm not a long hitter and it's a pretty tough course" Potter said. "It's a little longer than the other two and in general, I guess the scores are usually higher there. So I've definitely got my work cut out for tomorrow and hopefully stay on top where I have a chance to go into Sunday at Pebble." 

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