Pettersson pushes Wyndham envelope

• Martin: Beem making well-timed Wyndham rally

By JOEDY McCREARY
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The pressure to follow a record round with an even better number got to Carl Pettersson. Just not enough to cost him the lead.

Pettersson topped the Sedgefield Country Club leaderboard for the second consecutive day, shooting a 4-under 66 on Saturday to follow his tournament-record 61 and take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Wyndham Championship.

A local fan favorite who went to high school in Greensboro and is on the tournament’s board of directors, Pettersson had a 19-under 191 total. The Swede is in position to claim his third career PGA Tour victory and first since 2006 — even if he admitted that he occasionally tried too hard to outdo his second-round performance.

“Unless you get off to a really hot start, you kind of feel like you’re behind the 8-ball,” Pettersson said. “Sometimes you can start pressing too much, and in golf, pressing’s not really good to do. You’ve got to let the birdies happen, let the putts go in. You can’t really force them in. ... I think it’s easy to get agitated the day after you made everything.”

Scott McCarron was second. He holed a 45-yard sand shot on 18 for a 64. Briny Baird (62), Garrett Willis (69) and Kevin Streelman (67) were six strokes back.

Leading after 54 holes in Greensboro usually leads to a victory. From 1999-2006, every champion of this tournament had held or shared the third-round lead, a string broken last year when eventual PGA Tour rookie of the year Brandt Snedeker erased Jeff Overton’s three-stroke advantage across town at Forest Oaks.

Then again, with low scores commonplace all weekend at the original Donald Ross-designed course, no lead is safe.

“Where we are, and where Carl is, even if Carl stumbles and falls back, it’s still going to take a low number (Sunday) for somebody to win the tournament,” Baird said. “The golf course is set up for low numbers.”

This time, Pettersson had three birdies and an eagle, opening with four pars before his 3 on the 529-yard, par-5 fifth. He landed his approach 4 feet from the pin and sank that putt to eagle the hole for the second time in three days.

But he also bogeyed the course’s easiest hole — the par-5 15th — for the second day in a row. He sent his approach shot into the primary rough, recovered, then lipped out consecutive 4-foot putts to slip to 18 under.

“I had so many chances today, but I just didn’t convert the putts like I did yesterday,” Pettersson said. “I’ve played that hole terrible all week, so I’ll just keep the trend going.”

He regained that stroke two holes later with a birdie on the par-4 17th after landing his fairway shot 4 feet from the flagstick. On the 18th, he left his 20-foot birdie putt 4 inches short and tapped in for par.

McCarron, who entered trailing Pettersson by four strokes, was bogey-free and had three consecutive birdies on Nos. 2-4 to move to 14 under. He said he didn’t peek at the leaderboard until midway through his round, when he remained four strokes back.

“At that point, I got a sense that Carl was still putting the pedal to the metal,” McCarron said. “So I had to make some more birdies. ... I got back in the hunt.”

He finished strong with birdies on two of his final three holes — the par-3 16th, and then his spectacular, round-closing shot from a downhill lie in the bunker.

“I told my caddie if I made this, I would get in the bunker and do a snow angel,” McCarron said. “I chickened out.”

Baird had the best round of the day, a 62 that included seven birdies on the back nine and birdies on his final four holes. He began the round 10 strokes off the lead but could only hope that Pettersson would somehow self-destruct on his hometown course.

“I shot 28 on the back nine. He does something like that, the tournament is out of reach,” Baird said. “If he can be friendly and make a bunch of pars, it would leave a lot of people back in it.”

Scores with relation to par from the third round of the WyndhamChampionship, played Aug. 16 at the par-70, 7,117-yard SedgefieldCountry Club in Greensboro, N.C. (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Carl Pettersson 64-61-66--191

    -19 2. Scott McCarron 65-64-64--193

    -17 3. Briny Baird 67-68-62--197

    -13 3. Kevin Streelman 66-64-67--197

    -13 3. Garrett Willis 64-64-69--197

    -13 6. Scott Sterling 64-71-64--199

    -11 6. Kent Jones 66-68-65--199

    -11 6. John Senden 66-66-67--199

    -11 6. John Riegger 67-65-67--199

    -11 6. Jerry Kelly 66-65-68--199

    -11 6. Tim Clark 64-67-68--199

    -11 6. Bob Sowards 65-66-68--199

    -11 13. Rich Beem 70-67-63--200

    -10 13. Eric Axley 67-69-64--200

    -10 13. Vaughn Taylor 67-67-66--200

    -10 13. Lucas Glover 66-68-66--200

    -10 13. Lee Janzen 67-66-67--200

    -10 13. Michael Letzig 67-66-67--200

    -10 19. Martin Laird 63-74-64--201

    -9 19. Brian Gay 67-68-66--201

    -9 19. Jason Dufner 66-69-66--201

    -9 19. Jay Williamson 67-67-67--201

    -9 19. Danny Lee 68-66-67--201

    -9 24. Patrick Sheehan 66-71-65--202

    -8 24. Marc Turnesa 69-68-65--202

    -8 24. Jon Mills 68-69-65--202

    -8 24. Y.E. Yang 67-69-66--202

    -8 24. J.J. Henry 70-66-66--202

    -8 24. Shane Bertsch 67-68-67--202

    -8 24. Mark Wilson 68-67-67--202

    -8 24. Billy Andrade 66-69-67--202

    -8 24. Justin Bolli 68-66-68--202

    -8 24. Mark Brooks 68-66-68--202

    -8 24. Charles Warren 67-66-69--202

    -8 35. John Daly 70-67-66--203

    -7 35. Charley Hoffman 68-69-66--203

    -7 35. Paul Casey 70-66-67--203

    -7 35. George McNeill 68-67-68--203

    -7 35. Tom Pernice, Jr. 68-66-69--203

    -7 35. Robert Garrigus 66-66-71--203

    -7 41. Bob Estes 71-66-67--204

    -6 41. Glen Day 66-69-69--204

    -6 41. Bob Tway 70-65-69--204

    -6 41. Tim Wilkinson 66-69-69--204

    -6 41. Ben Crane 68-66-70--204

    -6 41. Steve Marino 65-68-71--204

    -6 47. Todd Demsey 69-68-68--205

    -5 47. Tom Byrum 71-66-68--205

    -5 47. Joe Ogilvie 69-68-68--205

    -5 47. Brenden Pappas 69-67-69--205

    -5 47. Zach Johnson 66-70-69--205

    -5 47. David Lutterus 69-64-72--205

    -5 47. Bo Van Pelt 67-66-72--205

    -5 54. Stephen Poole 66-71-69--206

    -4 54. Jason Gore 67-69-70--206

    -4 54. Troy Matteson 69-67-70--206

    -4 54. Mark Calcavecchia 67-69-70--206

    -4 54. Joe Durant 67-69-70--206

    -4 54. Jeff Maggert 66-70-70--206

    -4 54. Kyle Thompson 68-67-71--206

    -4 54. David Toms 68-67-71--206

    -4 54. Billy Mayfair 67-68-71--206

    -4 63. Doug LaBelle II 70-67-70--207

    -3 63. Cody Freeman 70-67-70--207

    -3 63. Nick Flanagan 68-69-70--207

    -3 63. Frank Lickliter II 68-68-71--207

    -3 63. Ken Duke 65-71-71--207

    -3 63. Davis Love III 66-70-71--207

    -3 63. Ted Purdy 68-68-71--207

    -3 63. Bob Heintz 63-72-72--207

    -3 63. Jeff Gove 68-66-73--207

    -3 63. Mark Hensby 66-66-75--207

    -3 73. Richard S. Johnson 67-70-71--208

    -2 73. Dean Wilson 66-71-71--208

    -2 73. Brandt Snedeker 66-68-74--208

    -2 76. Ryuji Imada 68-68-73--209

    -1 77. Peter Lonard 66-71-73--210

    E 77. Mathias Gronberg 71-64-75--210

    E • • •



    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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