Potter may have some tricks up his sleeve
By Tom Pilcher
LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (Reuters) - A nervous look accompanies U.S. PGA Tour rookie Ted Potter Jr after a session at the practice range on the eve of the British Open.
The 28-year-old American has not come to Lytham just to make up the numbers though, having announced himself on the big stage earlier this month by winning the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.
"Winning at the Greenbrier helped me feel more relaxed out here. I feel like I belong more," the world number 85 told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday after repeatedly blasting balls down the narrow practice range.
"My confidence skyrocketed. I had been struggling the last couple of months with my game but a couple of weeks ago my swing started falling into place, like it was last year on the (second tier) Nationwide Tour."
Potter Jr finished 13th on his debut on the main tour this year and then missed nine cuts in 14 events until his Greenbrier breakthrough.
It has been a long road for the American since turning pro in 2002 and missing all 24 cuts on the Nationwide Tour two years later.
"It's a dream come true to be here at the Open. I never expected to be here this year," Potter said before playing a practice round in the company of five-times British Open champion Tom Watson.
"It's the first Open I've played in so I don't know what to expect but I'll just try and enjoy it. Continued...