A playing partner of Ted Potter Jr., had this to say after losing a tournament by two shots to the former Ocala cart attendant: "He never made a mistake. He wasn't going to do anything to help me."
That wasn't uttered by world No. 1 Dustin Johnson on Sunday after he began the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tied with Potter -- ranked No. 246 in the world -- only to lose by three shots as Potter hit fairways and greens relentlessly on the way to his second PGA Tour title.
But it could have been.
That statement was made on March 8, 2009 by Stephen Shellock, who waited for an opening from Potter that never came in a Hooters Tour event at the Omni Amelia Oak Marsh Course. Potter birdied two of his last four holes and Shellock made two late bogeys as Potter finished with a 67 to win the third of his seven career events on that tour.
Potter went on to capture his second Hooters Tour player of the year award that season. Three years later, he won the Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour and on Sunday Potter scored a victory for blue-collar golf as he took down the Tour's top blueblood in Johnson.
Potter was the only player who shot all four rounds in the 60s in that Hooters event at Oak Marsh, which opened the 2009 season. He entered the final round trailing by two shot to Shellock, who had broken the course record the day before with a 61.
Potter took home $33,500 for the victory, nearly $1.3 million less than he won at Pebble Beach.
Potter isn't the only player who had a good finish in that event who has made it to the PGA Tour. Russell Knox, a Jacksonville University graduate, tied for seventh with Luke List. Knox has won twice on Tour and List finished 50th on the FedEx Cup points list last season.
Players sponsors education forum
The Players Championship is the presenting sponsor of the PGA Tour's MOSAIC Group Training U sports and business education forum, which will hold a panel discussion with business leaders and give students of lower socio-economic backgrounds the chance to interact with representatives of 16 companies on Friday at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse.
MOSAIC is one of five employee resource groups the Tour has formed, with an emphasis on multi-culturalism. The others are AWIL (advancing women), GEN-YOU (generations) TOUR LIFE (working parnets/life balance) and HONOR (military/veterans/first responders).
Among the participants are Players executive director Jared Rice, Miami Dolphins senior manager Cathy Jerome, former First Tee of North Florida executive director Pepper Peete, sports agent and former Jaguars general manager Michael Huyghue, PGA Tour assistant general counsel Neera Shetty, ESPN vice-president of personalization Leon Carter, CAA Sports marketing executive Annette Parker, Jaguars director of player development and youth football Marcus Pollard and Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida CEO Paul Martinez.
The Players also will use the occasion to donate three vans to area Boys and Girls Clubs.
Ko cleans house again
Lydia Ko is only 20 years old but she's already a seasoned professional in one regard: firing caddies and coaches.
Ko, who will be for the first time in 2018 at the Australian Women's Open, is using Jonny Scott as her caddie. He has worked in the past for two members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Laura Davies and Karrie Webb.
She also will be coached by Ted Oh.
Ko has used four swing coaches and three caddies since she began playing LPGA events as an amateur in 2015. She has won 14 times -- but none in the last 35 starts -- and she was once ranked No. 1 for 85 weeks in a row.
She enters the tournament 10th in the world.
“I took time off to regroup and rest physically and mentally,” Ko told The Advertiser in Adelaide, South Australia, on Tuesday. “Talent-wise, it does not change, week in, week out,” she said. “It is really confidence and how positive you are.”
Former University of Georgia golfer Lee McCoy, now on the Web.com Tour, got into hot water last week when he tweeted out complaints about kids asking for autographs, balls and even apparel after his round last week at the Club Colombia Championship.
He has since apologized.
McCoy bogeyed two of his final three holes to drop from inside the top 10 to a tie for 20th, then tweeted: “There were at least 30 kids out there who were there only to try and get free stuff from us. So no, I’m not grateful they were out there," he posted.
He said one youngster, "learned a life lesson" because McCoy refused to give up his hat, glove or shoes.
"There's no excuse for my actions," McCoy told Golf Digest. "Reacting the way I did to the requests for my apparel was wrong, definitely a mistake on my part and I apologize."
Other golfers were quick to criticize McCoy on Twitter.
"The lesson will be yours if you continue to shun these kids who dream to walk in your 'shoes' one day," Steve Flesch posted.
"I've played pro golf for over 12 years. Never met a pro that has complained about that. Great try though," said Aron Price of Ponte Vedra Beach.
And Colt Knost poked fun at McCoy by comparing him to another Tour pro who has gotten himself into trouble on social media, Grayson Murray.
"Thanks @LeeMcCoyGolf for subbing in on twitter for @GraysonMurray!" Knost posted.
Event: Genesis Open, Thursday-Sunday, Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
At stake: $7.2 million purse ($1,296,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points to the winner).
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday, 2-6 p.m.; Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m.); CBS (Saturday, 4-7 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.).
Area players entered: Jonas Blixt, Bud Cauley, Harris English, Matt Every, Billy Horschel, David Lingmerth, Sam Saunders, Vijay Singh.
Notable: Johnson shot 66-64 in the middle rounds and beat Thomas Pieters and Scott Brown by four shots. ... Tiger Woods, whose foundation benefits from the tournament, is making his second start of the season. He has played the tournament the most times (eight) without a victory of any event in his career. ... Also in the field are Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, Adam Scott and last week's winner, Ted Potter Jr. ... The Tour begins the Florida Swing next week with the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.
Event: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, Thursday-Sunday, Kooyanga Golf Club, Adelaide.
At stake: $1.3 million purse ($195,000 to the winner).
Defending champion: Ha Na Jang.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Saturday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.).
Area players entered: Marina Alex, Katie Burnett, Chella Choi, Amelia Lewis.
Notable: Jang had three birdies and one eagle in her final four holes to win her fourth title. ... Leading the field is Lydia Ko, who has gone 35 starts without a victory. ... The LPGA will play in Thailand and Singapore the next two weeks.
PGA Tour Champions
Event: Chubb Classic, Thursday-Sunday TwinEagles Golf Club, Naples.
At stake: $1.6 million purse ($240,000 to the winner).
Defending champion: Fred Couples.
TV: Golf Channel (Friday, 12-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3-5 p.m.).
Area players entered: Fred Funk, Sandy Lyle.
Notable: Couples has back issues and is not playing. ... Mark Calcavecchia, who won last week in Boca Raton, leads a field that includes Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomeie and John Daly.