Pettersson powers into playoffs

By JOEDY McCREARY
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Carl Pettersson won his hometown event for his first PGA Tour victory in two years, shooting a 2-under 68 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Wyndham Championship.

The local favorite, former North Carolina State player and member of the tournament’s board had three birdies during a four-hole stretch on the back nine, finished at 21-under 259 and earned $918,000.

Scott McCarron, who briefly led midway through the final round, shot a 68 and to finished second. Rich Beem’s second straight 63 left him four strokes off the lead, with J.J. Henry (62) and rookie Martin Laird (63) another shot behind him.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Pettersson prevails

But there was never any question that the last day of the PGA Tour’s final pre-playoff event was anything but a two-man showdown, with the Swede making his move immediately after he slipped out of the lead for the first time since early in the second round, when he shot a tournament-record 61.

Pettersson began the back nine with consecutive bogeys and fell one stroke back to 19 under when he missed an 8-foot par putt on the 10th.

But McCarron gave the stroke back on the next hole, missing a 13-foot birdie putt, lipping out a 4-foot par attempt and recording just his second bogey of the tournament.

Pettersson birdied the 13th for a one-stroke lead, then went back up by two shots with a birdie on the par-5 15th – the easiest hole on the course for everyone but him, after two bogeys and a par on it. This time it was McCarron’s turn for trouble; he sent his second shot into the sand, recovered and lipped out an 8-foot birdie putt.

McCarron’s bogey on the 17th all but locked up Pettersson’s first victory since the 2006 Memorial.

McCarron – who had used two early birdies to erase the two-stroke lead that Pettersson brought into the round – was denied his fourth career victory and first since 2001. It was the second top-10 finish of the year for the PGA Tour veteran who sat out the 2007 season after having surgery to repair a tendon in his right elbow.

Beem and Henry both finished strong and propelled themselves off the FedEx Cup bubble and into the playoffs, which begin later this week at The Barclays.

Beem had birdies on four of his last six holes, jumping 52 spots to 114th, while Henry, who birdied four of his final five holes, moved up 42 spots to 135th. Laird, who shared the first-day lead with Bob Heintz before falling off the pace, wound up jumping 36 spots to 128th.

Final scores with earnings and relation to par from the Wyndham Championship, played Aug. 14-17 at the par-70, 7,117-yard Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. (Note: FedEx Cup points in parenthesis; a-amateur):

  1. Carl Pettersson (4,500) $918,000
    64-61-66-68--259

    -21 2. Scott McCarron (2,700) 550,800
    65-64-64-68--261

    -19 3. Rich Beem (1,700) 346,800
    70-67-63-63--263

    -17 4. J.J. Henry (1,100) 224,400
    70-66-66-62--264

    -16 4. Martin Laird (1,100) 224,400
    63-74-64-63--264

    -16 6. Tim Clark (838) 170,850
    64-67-68-66--265

    -15 6. John Senden (838) 170,850
    66-66-67-66--265

    -15 6. Kevin Streelman (838) 170,850
    66-64-67-68--265

    -15 9. Shane Bertsch (600) 122,400
    67-68-67-64--266

    -14 9. Mark Wilson (600) 122,400
    68-67-67-64--266

    -14 9. Michael Letzig (600) 122,400
    67-66-67-66--266

    -14 9. Bob Sowards (600) 122,400
    65-66-68-67--266

    -14 9. Jerry Kelly (600) 122,400
    66-65-68-67--266

    -14 9. Briny Baird (600) 122,400
    67-68-62-69--266

    -14 15. Justin Bolli (400) 81,600
    68-66-68-65--267

    -13 15. Lee Janzen (400) 81,600
    67-66-67-67--267

    -13 15. Vaughn Taylor (400) 81,600
    67-67-66-67--267

    -13 15. Garrett Willis (400) 81,600
    64-64-69-70--267

    -13 15. Scott Sterling (400) 81,600
    64-71-64-68--267

    -13 20. a-Danny Lee (0)
    0
    68-66-67-67--268

    -12 20. Patrick Sheehan (271) 57,324
    66-71-65-66--268

    -12 20. Jay Williamson (271) 57,324
    67-67-67-67--268

    -12 20. Lucas Glover (271) 57,324
    66-68-66-68--268

    -12 20. John Riegger (271) 57,324
    67-65-67-69--268

    -12 20. Kent Jones (271) 57,324
    66-68-65-69--268

    -12 26. Zach Johnson (189) 40,673
    66-70-69-64--269

    -11 26. Tom Pernice, Jr. (189) 40,673
    68-66-69-66--269

    -11 26. Paul Casey (189) 40,673
    70-66-67-66--269

    -11 26. Jason Dufner (189) 40,673
    66-69-66-68--269

    -11 30. David Lutterus (152) 32,428
    69-64-72-65--270

    -10 30. Bob Estes (152) 32,428
    71-66-67-66--270

    -10 30. Robert Garrigus (152) 32,428
    66-66-71-67--270

    -10 30. Mark Brooks (152) 32,428
    68-66-68-68--270

    -10 30. Y.E. Yang (152) 32,428
    67-69-66-68--270

    -10 30. Jon Mills (152) 32,428
    68-69-65-68--270

    -10 36. Stephen Poole (0) 25,143
    66-71-69-65--271

    -9 36. George McNeill (118) 25,143
    68-67-68-68--271

    -9 36. Charles Warren (118) 25,143
    67-66-69-69--271

    -9 36. Billy Andrade (118) 25,143
    66-69-67-69--271

    -9 36. Marc Turnesa (118) 25,143
    69-68-65-69--271

    -9 41. David Toms (88) 18,870
    68-67-71-66--272

    -8 41. Joe Ogilvie (88) 18,870
    69-68-68-67--272

    -8 41. Ben Crane (88) 18,870
    68-66-70-68--272

    -8 41. Bob Tway (88) 18,870
    70-65-69-68--272

    -8 41. Glen Day (88) 18,870
    66-69-69-68--272

    -8 41. Charley Hoffman (88) 18,870
    68-69-66-69--272

    -8 41. Eric Axley (88) 18,870
    67-69-64-72--272

    -8 48. Mark Calcavecchia (67) 14,382
    67-69-70-67--273

    -7 48. Brian Gay (67) 14,382
    67-68-66-72--273

    -7 50. Nick Flanagan (62) 12,886
    68-69-70-67--274

    -6 50. Tom Byrum (62) 12,886
    71-66-68-69--274

    -6 50. John Daly (62) 12,886
    70-67-66-71--274

    -6 53. Richard S. Johnson (57) 11,774
    67-70-71-67--275

    -5 53. Bob Heintz (57) 11,774
    63-72-72-68--275

    -5 53. Cody Freeman (57) 11,774
    70-67-70-68--275

    -5 53. Jeff Maggert (57) 11,774
    66-70-70-69--275

    -5 53. Kyle Thompson (57) 11,774
    68-67-71-69--275

    -5 53. Brenden Pappas (57) 11,774
    69-67-69-70--275

    -5 53. Steve Marino (57) 11,774
    65-68-71-71--275

    -5 60. Jeff Gove (54) 11,067
    68-66-73-69--276

    -4 60. Ken Duke (54) 11,067
    65-71-71-69--276

    -4 60. Davis Love III (54) 11,067
    66-70-71-69--276

    -4 60. Joe Durant (54) 11,067
    67-69-70-70--276

    -4 60. Bo Van Pelt (54) 11,067
    67-66-72-71--276

    -4 60. Todd Demsey (54) 11,067
    69-68-68-71--276

    -4 66. Mathias Gronberg (52) 10,608
    71-64-75-67--277

    -3 66. Mark Hensby (52) 10,608
    66-66-75-70--277

    -3 66. Jason Gore (52) 10,608
    67-69-70-71--277

    -3 69. Brandt Snedeker (49) 10,149
    66-68-74-70--278

    -2 69. Ryuji Imada (49) 10,149
    68-68-73-69--278

    -2 69. Dean Wilson (49) 10,149
    66-71-71-70--278

    -2 69. Frank Lickliter II (49) 10,149
    68-68-71-71--278

    -2 69. Doug LaBelle II (49) 10,149
    70-67-70-71--278

    -2 69. Tim Wilkinson (49) 10,149
    66-69-69-74--278

    -2 75. Peter Lonard (47) 9,690
    66-71-73-69--279

    -1 75. Ted Purdy (47) 9,690
    68-68-71-72--279

    -1 75. Troy Matteson (47) 9,690
    69-67-70-73--279

    -1 78. Billy Mayfair (46) 9,486
    67-68-71-75--281
    + 1 • • •





    Missed the cut





    79. Tag Ridings

    74-64--138

    -2 79. Bubba Watson

    70-68--138

    -2 79. Ron Whittaker

    70-68--138

    -2 79. Jason Allred

    72-66--138

    -2 79. Chris Riley

    68-70--138

    -2 79. Nick Watney

    71-67--138

    -2 79. Matt Jones

    68-70--138

    -2 79. Olin Browne

    70-68--138

    -2 79. Tom Scherrer

    71-67--138

    -2 79. Kevin Stadler

    70-68--138

    -2 79. Chris Stroud

    67-71--138

    -2 79. a-Drew Weaver

    69-69--138

    -2 79. Andrew McLardy

    70-68--138

    -2 92. Jim McGovern

    70-69--139

    -1 92. James Driscoll

    69-70--139

    -1 92. Robert Gamez

    71-68--139

    -1 92. Michael Bradley

    70-69--139

    -1 92. Cameron Beckman

    70-69--139

    -1 92. Brad Adamonis

    70-69--139

    -1 92. Ryan Moore

    68-71--139

    -1 99. J.P. Hayes

    71-69--140

    E 99. Brad Elder

    72-68--140

    E 99. Jin Park

    69-71--140

    E 99. Tim Petrovic

    70-70--140

    E 99. Corey Pavin

    68-72--140

    E 99. Jeff Overton

    71-69--140

    E 99. Neal Lancaster

    71-69--140

    E 99. Omar Uresti

    72-68--140

    E 99. Harrison Frazar

    72-68--140

    E 99. Brandt Jobe

    70-70--140

    E 99. Travis Perkins

    71-69--140

    E 99. Chad Collins

    67-73--140

    E 111. Kevin Na

    70-71--141
    + 1 111. Jay Delsing

    68-73--141
    + 1 111. Will MacKenzie

    69-72--141
    + 1 111. Todd Hamilton

    71-70--141
    + 1 111. Jason Day

    71-70--141
    + 1 111. Richard Johnson

    72-69--141
    + 1 111. Savio Nazareth

    70-71--141
    + 1 111. Vijay Singh

    69-72--141
    + 1 111. Kirk Triplett

    68-73--141
    + 1 111. Ian Leggatt

    71-70--141
    + 1 111. Tommy Gainey

    70-71--141
    + 1 122. Bill Haas

    71-71--142
    + 2 122. Paul Claxton

    69-73--142
    + 2 122. Jeev M. Singh

    73-69--142
    + 2 122. Tim Herron

    68-74--142
    + 2 122. Mathew Goggin

    68-74--142
    + 2 122. Carlos Franco

    71-71--142
    + 2 122. a-Cameron Peck

    71-71--142
    + 2 122. Kevin Chappell

    72-70--142
    + 2 130. Chris DiMarco

    71-72--143
    + 3 130. Steve Allan

    71-72--143
    + 3 130. Brett Rumford

    68-75--143
    + 3 130. Jimmy Walker

    70-73--143
    + 3 130. Dicky Pride

    75-68--143
    + 3 130. Larry Mize

    72-71--143
    + 3 130. Ryan Armour

    71-72--143
    + 3 137. John Rollins

    74-70--144
    + 4 137. Craig Kanada

    70-74--144
    + 4 137. Kelly Mitchum

    75-69--144
    + 4 137. Andrew Buckle

    70-74--144
    + 4 137. Gavin Coles

    71-73--144
    + 4 142. Trevor Dodds

    76-69--145
    + 5 142. Paul Stankowski

    68-77--145
    + 5 142. Ryan Palmer

    73-72--145
    + 5 145. David Duval

    73-73--146
    + 6 145. a-Jamie Lovemark

    74-72--146
    + 6 147. Kevin Sutherland

    74-73--147
    + 7 148. Nathan Green

    71-78--149
    + 9 149. Jay Woodson

    72-78--150
    + 10 150. Robin Smith

    75-76--151
    + 11 WD. Marco Dawson

    67-WD


    WD. Brian Davis

    69-WD


    WD. John Huston

    70-WD


    WD. Dustin Johnson

    73-WD


    WD. Brent Geiberger

    70-WD


    DQ. Jeff Quinney

    70-74-DQ
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