Winners and Losers from Greenbrier Classic: A Fan's View

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Ted Potter became the unlikely winner of the Greenbrier Classic on July 8. Potter fired a 64 in each of the final two rounds in order to claim his first career victory in a playoff. He held off another relative unknown, Troy Kelly, to win the tournament. In a field that featured Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, it was a little surprising to see two names like that competing in a playoff. Potter and Kelly were the big winners but several others made impressions at the Greenbrier Classic.

Here is a look at the tournament's winners and losers:

Tiger Woods - Loser

Woods followed up his third victory of the year with a missed cut at the Greenbrier. It wasn't a disastrous performance, as he finished at even par through two rounds. However, that wasn't enough to let him stick around for the weekend. This is the first time since 2005 that Tiger has missed the cut twice in the same year. This proves just how up and down his game has become.

Webb Simpson - Winner

The 2012 U.S. Open champion struggled in the final round but still turned in a solid tournament. In the first three rounds, Simpson had just one bogey on this way to getting to 14-under-par through three rounds. He was at 15-under on the back nine before a string of four bogeys killed his chances of winning. It was a disappointing end, but it shouldn't take away from how solid he was overall.

Phil Mickelson - Loser

Mickelson shot 1-over-par in each of the first two rounds, forcing him to miss the cut for the second time this year. I don't think any golf fan expected to see the two biggest names in the game both missing the weekend at this event. Mickelson's game looked off throughout the first two rounds. He had two double bogeys in the tournament, something that we aren't used to seeing with Phil. With any luck, he will use the upcoming break to get ready for the British Open.

Tom Watson - Winner

Unlike Tiger or Phil, the old guy in the field stuck around for the weekend. The 62-year-old Watson made the cut after finishing the first two rounds at 2-under-par. He was never in contention but he was in position to finish the event under par. A disastrous quadruple-bogey on the 16th hole of the final round ended those chances. However, it was nice to see Watson play as well as he did for the most part.

* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. He has watched and played the game since high school.

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