Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Battling Day falls short at Pebble Beach

Battling Day falls short at Pebble Beach

Not to mention the fact Johnson had a distinct advantage off the tee.

After flirting with a 59 on Saturday, Potter got off to another hot start in the fourth round, birdieing four of his first seven holes.

His 17-under-par total was three clear of Australia's Jason Day and Americans Johnson, Chez Reavie and Phil Mickelson, with the latter producing a fast finish for the second Sunday in a row with three birdies in his last five holes.

The left-hander played on the Tour a year ago to regain his PGA Tour card after time out with a broken ankle.

"It's definitely pleasing, it was a struggle there, when you break your ankle and you don't know what's going to happen with your golf swing", an emotional Potter said, "to come back from that, I mean, it's just unbelievable right now". "I'm hitting it as well as I have done in a long time".

Day was joined in second place by world No.1 Dustin Johnson (72), five-time major victor Phil Mickelson (67) and Chez Reavie (68).

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The 30-year-old Day has a win and a second in his first two starts of the year.

Potter holed a chip from behind the green for birdie on the par-3 seventh hole to build a two-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, and he didn't make another mistake the rest of a breezy afternoon at Pebble Beach.

Mickelson, Day and last week's runner-up at TPC Scottsdale Chez Reavie also finished at 14-under.

Kevin Streelman finished in solo sixth at 13-under 274, and Scott Stallings in solo seventh at 12-under 275.

It was lefty's second straight top-5 finish and third of the 2017-2018 season.

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