Potter might have won because he's more comfortable in West Virginia's hills. He likes to fish and hunt. And you have to love a guy whose favorite movie is "Caddyshack."
It put an exclamation point to a different kind of week.
Angles? There were more here than in geometry. There were the obvious ones: the heat, the missed cuts of Woods and Mickelson.
There was the made cut by legendary golfer Tom Watson. On Sunday, Watson faltered at the end of his round and finished at 5 over on the day and 4 over for the tournament. He bogeyed on what might be his final made cut in a regular PGA Tour stop. But he made sure to smile and shake hands with playing partner D.J. Trahan. He also took a few moments to speak to the Air Force and Army national guard representatives on the closing hole.
If you didn't know, the regular pin flag on No. 18 was replaced by an American flag for the July 4 week. The national guard reps tended the flag and made sure it didn't touch the ground.
There was also the sudden withdrawal of Scott Brown, who was at 3 under but left to be with his wife, who was in labor. That left Tommy Gainey in a group of his own on Sunday. Gainey buzzed through the course in two hours and four minutes.
The players had fun.
"It was great," said Virginia Tech grad Brendon de Jonge, who finished at 3 under. "It's a wonderful sight, a wonderful venue. It's come a long way."
"I like it," said Dustin Johnson, who won the FedEx St. Jude Classic this year and finished at 6 under. "I think it's a good tournament. I had a lot of fun and definitely will come back."
Both thought the Old White TPC course was receptive to good scores.
"It was very warm," de Jonge said. "The ball went a long way and the greens were receptive. There was a little wind."
After the playoff, there was much wind. Before, there was much wind.
And, in the end, maybe that's why this Greenbrier Classic will be remembered. The Mountain State was punched in the stomach by a derecho. But the residents took a deep breath, pulled together and, again, helped put on quite a show.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.