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July 8 2012

10:59 PM

Potter survives playoff

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Ted Potter defeated Troy Kelly with a birdie on the third extra hole of a playoff at The Old White TPC. See below for play-by-play.

UPDATES (All times ET)

6:58 p.m. -- Potter didn’t miss this time, sinking a 4-footer for birdie to beat Kelly, who’s 44-footer came up just short of the hole, on the third extra hole. It’s the first win of his career.

6:53 p.m. -- Potter will have another chance to win after sticking his tee shot on the 18th hole to 4 feet -- the same distance he just missed. Kelly, meanwhile, didn’t get his tee shot above the ridge and is 44 feet from the flag.

6:50 p.m. -- The tournament was Potter’s to win, but he lipped out a 4-footer for birdie on the 17th hole after Kelly saved par from 22 feet moments earlier. Back to the 18th they go.

6:43 p.m. -- Potter went first, chipping to about 4 feet to set up birdie. Kelly, meanwhile, had an awkward stance in a greenside bunker and paid for it, barely getting it out of the trap after catching the ball fat.

6:38 p.m. -- Potter and Kelly both came up short of the green on the par-5 17th, where Kelly is in the worse of the two lies with his ball in a greenside bunker that will leave him an awkward stance and shot. Potter, meanwhile, came up just short of that same bunker.

6:32 p.m. -- Potter and Kelly both found the middle of the fairway on the par-5 17th. Remember, Potter eagled this hole on his way to forcing the playoff. Kelly has a slight advantage here, though, having outdriven him by 15 yards.

6:28 p.m. -- Kelly and Potter each made par on the 18th. Up next: No. 17.

6:22 p.m. -- Kelly safely finds the back left of the green (the pin is back right) and has another long birdie putt similar to the one he missed in regulation. Potter hits his tee shot right at the pin but it skids just off the back of the green. Birdie bids to come.

6:18 p.m. -- The playoff will begin on the par-3 18th. On No. 18 this week, Potter has gone par-birdie-par-birdie while Kelly has gone par-birdie-par-par.

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