What they said: Ted Potter

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July 08, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

MORE: The Greenbrier Classic transcripts archive MODERATOR: All right. We'd like to go ahead and get started. We would like to welcome the winner of the 2012 Greenbrier Classic, Ted Potter Jr. Ted, congratulations on your first PGA TOUR win. I know it was kind of a crazy day, a lot going on back and forth, but you got the job done. Just a couple comments here as things kind of start to take shape as the winner of The Greenbrier Classic here in 2012.

TED POTTER JR.: Thank you. Just amazing feeling right now. Didn't know what was going to happen coming down the stretch there, bogey on No. 11 and not birdieing 12, the par 5, short par 5. So, I mean, just seeing I was a few back there. And then making a bomb on 15 there, that turned my hopes around there making that putt there for birdie. Then some magic came in on 17 and 18 to get me to where I am, so I'm just happy to be here.

MODERATOR: All right. With that, we'll go ahead and open it up for questions.

Q. Did you ever think you would be trending on Twitter, and what does this do for your life??

TED POTTER JR.: I'm sorry?

Q. You're trending on Twitter right now, by the way. How does this change your life??

TED POTTER JR.: Just knowing I've got a couple more years out here to have full exemption, to be able to play what I want to play in and be able to schedule my own tournaments and where I want to play and stuff like that's going to be nice, so looking forward to that.

Q. Ted, now, did I read correctly you play left-handed but you're naturally a right-hander, is that right?

TED POTTER JR.: Yes.

Q. How do you do -- I'm not sure I get that.

TED POTTER JR.: I mean, when I was young, my dad, as soon as I could walk, basically on my dad tried to put a right-handed club in my hand and I always tried to flip it over and tried to hit it left-handed. So he said he'll just make left-handed clubs for me and that's how I started out playing.

Q. Can you kind of take us through what's going through your mind on that first four-footer you had to win, sort of just the nerves and what that feeling was like on the first putt??

TED POTTER JR.: On the second playoff hole?

Q. Yeah, yeah.

TED POTTER JR.: I was just trying to hit it left edge there. I was just trying to stay calm and go through my routine on the putting, look behind it, take a couple practice strokes and keep going through my routine just like I was doing going down the stretch there. Just got it outside the hole and hit it just a touch harder than I wanted to, but I guess that's part of nerves there.

Q. How calm were you??

TED POTTER JR.: I was pretty calm for the most part. I think the second putt coming back I was more nervous, just trying to get it back in the hole after running it by a foot and a half.

Q. Obviously a long road to get to this point. Was there any point that you maybe thought about quitting or didn't think you would get to this point??

TED POTTER JR.: No. I mean, I had a good year last year out on the Web.com Tour. I know I can play the game very well. I mean, I struggled the last few weeks, but just try to work on my swing and get it back to where it was feeling where it was last year out on the Web.com Tour. So I got very close to where it was last year and it felt good and had a lot of confidence going into this week.

Q. Based on that from last year -- based on that question, can you take us back to 2004? I know it was a long time ago, but just sort of the struggles you went through back then. I know you were a young player playing on a developmental tour, but what was it like for you going through that?

TED POTTER JR.: I mean, when you're missing cuts every week, you get down on yourself. I mean, it's hard to pick yourself back up. But the one thing, plus side for me is I was still young. I mean, I was only 20 years old. I knew I had a long road ahead of me, so it wasn't like I was 35 missing 25 cuts in a row or something like that. So, I mean, I just knew I had plenty of time and just be patient and it will come back round again.

Q. On your PGA TOUR bio, it states that you would like to play Augusta National some day. Have you still not played??

TED POTTER JR.: No, I still have not played.

Q. You know you get to play now, right??

TED POTTER JR.: Yeah, I'm very excited about that.

Q. What's the biggest perk from this for you? Is it the paycheck, is it the two-year exemption, is it playing Augusta National? What's the best part for you?

TED POTTER JR.: Just winning, I just like to win. I've always played junior golf to mini-tour golf. I just always enjoyed being -- coming down the stretch and have a chance to win, or if not win -- it was the thrill of that.

Q. Take us through the last two holes in regulation, the clubs and the distances and that sort of thing, 17 and 18.

TED POTTER JR.: In the playoff? Oh, in regulation? 17, I'm trying to think, let's see. I think I had 285 hole on the par 5, I had like 261 front or something, so I hit a pretty good drive out there on 17, and I hit 3-wood up there. It landed I think just short of the green and chased up to the middle of the green and gave me about 25, 30 feet, I'm guessing, for eagle there. Then, I mean, Charlie had a little trouble behind the green there, took five minutes before he hit his shot, I guess. I don't know exactly how long it was. So I had plenty of time to gather myself and calm myself down before I even got to hit the putt, so I think that helped me actually, him back there looking over his chip shot. And then 18 was about 164, I think, and I had like 161 to clear the ridge. I like a right pin, especially -- I like to hit a hook with my lower irons, so I hit a 9-iron in there, which is a perfect number for me, so I felt very comfortable with that pin location on 18.

Q. Do you still not work with anybody??

TED POTTER JR.: No.

Q. So you're like Bubba Watson, you do not work with anybody??

TED POTTER JR.: Every once in a while, but nothing serious.

Q. Just take us through what's going through your mind when you do make the putt to win, maybe in the seconds afterwards if you could.

TED POTTER JR.: Just a relief at the time. I mean, just finally to win, I mean, I know it's my first year out here, but just to win, period, I mean, it was just a big relief. All the struggles the last few weeks, knowing that now I've got a couple years to try to improve on my game and win some more tournaments.

Q. Secondly, there's only been nine 54-hole leaders to go on to win this year. Why do you think that is, and what do you think that kind of says about the game??

TED POTTER JR.: There's so many good players out here. I mean, guys that are shooting 65s on Sundays coming back from the pack, if you're in the lead, you've still got to go low out here. That's all there is to it.

Q. Ted, Webb had made one bogey in 63 holes. He had a two-shot lead going into the back nine. Was it a little stunning just to see his collapse coming down the second nine and what was going on on the boards??

TED POTTER JR.: Yeah, I only -- I got a glimpse of the board one time. I seen I think 15 or 16 was leading. I was back at like 12 at that time. When I seen that, I was like, I mean, they're probably going to get to 17-under at least, so I'm thinking, I was thinking I was probably out of the tournament. So at that time I knew I had to make some birdies coming in, but at the same time I didn't want to play too aggressive where I'm making bogeys and dropping down spots because, I mean, a third-place finish or fourth-place finish will mean a lot to my year right now.

Q. You knew you get into the British Open on this, didn't you??

TED POTTER JR.: Yes.

Q. So all of a sudden your plans are changed. I guess have you got your passport, and how tough is it to make a -- to put together travel for this trip in two weeks??

TED POTTER JR.: I don't know. I'll have to talk to my agents about that one, see what they can work up. But yes, I do have my passport with me, so I won't have to go home to go get it.

MODERATOR: Ted Potter, Jr., congratulations on the win.

TED POTTER JR.: Thank you.

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