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Larry Fitzgerald first black amateur to win Pebble Beach Pro

Larry Fitzgerald first black amateur to win Pebble Beach Pro

"I just think you even have more respect for the guys who win and play consistently at a high level because it's the hardest game out there".

"Just back from my mini-tour days, tournaments I've won in the past, just drawing back from past experience of winning golf tournaments", he said.

But as no other player reached any further than 15-under, Potter Jr. added four birdies on the front nine followed by 11-straight pars coming in to finish 17-under for an anti-climactic 3-shot victory.

American Kevin Streelman (68) finished alone in sixth and Scott Stallings (66) was seventh at 12-under 275, five shots adrift of Potter.

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Potter briefly lost his overnight advantage when he three-putted from 25 feet at the first, only to match Johnson's birdie at the par-five next and then hole from six feet to birdie the fourth. In 2014, he broke his ankle in a freak accident stepping off a curb. After kicking off in 67-72-66, the ASU product began in solo 8th, four shy of co-leaders Potter, Jr., and Dustin Johnson.

But he closed with back-to-back bogeys to settle for a nine-under 62 and a share of the lead with Johnson on 14-under 201.Potter's only prior US PGA Tour win came at the Greenbrier Classic back in 2012.

Johnson was hoping for a victory this week to strengthen his grip on his world number one ranking. It was a long time coming for the feisty lefty who battled his way back to the PGA Tour after suffering an injury in 2014 that caused him to miss almost two years of competition.

"All in all, still a good week, you know, T-two I guess is not awful, but I would have liked to put a little bit more pressure on Ted today", Johnson said. Despite his stellar play in his last two tournaments, Day won't travel for this week's Genesis Open.