WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Well, whaddya know.
After all the consternation that two big-name players didn't make the cut, a Lefty won the Greenbrier Classic after all.
No, it wasn't The Lefty, Phil Mickelson, who has now missed back-to-back cuts in the event. But it was A Lefty, in the form of Ted Potter, Jr.
Once again, there was Greenbrier drama, just like last year when Scott Stallings won in a one-hole playoff. This time, though, it took three playoff holes, perhaps giving CBS a little bump after ratings winners Mickelson and Tiger Woods experienced nosedives.
And whaddya know, for once this summer, West Virginia nosed out bad weather. At least its showcase sporting event did, getting the playoff in before a bad storm hit the area.
In a second attempt at a winning putt within 5 feet, Potter dropped one from 4 feet, 2 inches, defeating Troy Kelly in sudden death on No. 18.
"It's an amazing feeling," Potter said afterward, wearing a green jacket. "I didn't know what was going to happen down the stretch."
No one knew what was going to happen when the wheels fell off the one name player in contention, Webb Simpson, the U.S. Open champ.
Heck, no one knew if there would be a Sunday conclusion to the tournament. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for hours before Potter sneaked the winner in the cup.
But maybe it was appropriate a guy named Potter won. Because there was magic to be enjoyed.
Down the stretch before the playoff, the victor, at 15 under, made an eagle at No. 17, a 616-yard par-5. When Kelly failed to capitalize on the same hole, a Cinderella matchup was on.
On the first hole of the playoff, Kelly basically had the same putt as moments before, this from 31 feet, 7 inches. Potter was off the edge of the green and dribbled his attempt left.
After chatting down the No. 17 fairway, Potter had the edge with a putt to win from 4 feet, 9 inches. No go.
Finally, he converted the winner on playoff hole No. 3, again No. 18.
"I played tough all day," Kelly said. "I had a lot of fun."
Those who stayed tuned did as well. No, it wasn't Phil and Tiger. It was Troy and Ted. Kelly had zero Top 25 finishes in his career. His bio is highlighted by the fact that he's also dabbled in home remodeling.