Pettersson sets record at Wyndham

By JOEDY McCREARY
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Carl Pettersson supported moving the Wyndham Championship to Sedgefield Country Club. After a performance like this, it’s easy to see why.

The local favorite produced the latest record-breaking round at Sedgefield, shooting a tournament-record 61 on Friday to match the PGA Tour’s 36-hole mark at 15-under 125.

He had a three-stroke lead over Garrett Willis (64). Scott McCarron (64) was four strokes back, and Kevin Streelman (64) was another shot behind. Jerry Kelly (65), Bob Sowards (66) and Tim Clark (67) were 9 under.

But clearly, the day belonged to Pettersson, a Swede who went to high school in Greensboro, played collegiately at North Carolina State and serves on the tournament’s board of directors.

“This is like his retirement fund,” defending champion Brandt Snedeker said. “He plays good here every year.”

A year ago, while speaking at the Wyndham’s previous home, Pettersson voiced his support for the then-rumored switch to Sedgefield. He played the Donald Ross course for the first time in November, shortly before the move was made official.

Then, he began this year’s tournament with a 64 and admitted afterward that he was “a bit edgy starting out” because “this is a home game for me.”

This time around, those jitters were long gone.

“The courses (on the PGA Tour) have been set up hard, so it’s a nice change to be really aggressive, and (Sedgefield) kind of suits my style,” Pettersson said. “I try to play really aggressive all the time, and so far it’s paid off great.”

In matching the lowest single-round score on the PGA Tour this year, he shot a 30 through his opening nine holes. Six of his 11 birdies came on the front nine, and he set the tone with birdies on first three holes.

“As soon as I did that, my mind kind of set in and played nice all day,” Pettersson said.

By the time Pettersson reached the par-5 15th, he confessed to catching himself daydreaming about shooting a 59 — and then promptly bogeyed the easiest hole on the course, sending his third shot into a greenside bunker.

He quickly recovered, sinking a 40-foot putt on the 16th for the first of two straight birdies. He had a chance to make it three in a row on the course’s most difficult hole — the 507-yard, par-4 18th — but rolled his birdie putt a foot to the right of the hole, tapped in for par and tipped his visor to the vocal hometown crowd.

“I was glad Carl ran out of holes,” Willis said. “Every time I made a birdie, it seemed like he made one, too.”

That remarkable round put him in position to contend for his third career PGA Tour victory and first since the 2006 Memorial.

He eclipsed the Wyndham’s previous low of 62 — a mark shared by four players, most recently Charles Warren in 2005 — and shattered the course record of 63 that was matched a day earlier by first-round leaders Bob Heintz and Martin Laird.

“This course, you can make a lot of birdies, but it’s quite easy to have a few bogeys in there, too,” Pettersson said. “I kind of knew at the beginning of the week, I thought it was going to be a low-scoring week, just because you have a lot of wedges, 8-irons, 9-irons into par 4s.”

Pettersson’s two-round score equaled the Tour record shared by Tiger Woods, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin, and his 18-hole score matched the 61 recorded six months ago by Roland Thatcher during the third round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Cancun.

The first-round leaders, facing the hard, dried-out greens that accompanied their afternoon tee times, quickly fell off the pace. Heintz wound up 10 strokes off the lead after his 72, and Laird was two strokes behind him after his 74 dropped him to the cut line of 137.

Among the players who entered on the FedEx Cup bubble but ultimately wound up missing the cut were No. 140 Tag Ridings (138), No. 141 Todd Hamilton (141), No. 143 Brett Rumford (143) and No. 146 Craig Kanada (144).

Vijay Singh — who at No. 5 in the world was the highest-ranked player in the field — bogeyed three of the final six holes of his 72 to finish at 141 and miss the cut for the second consecutive week, just the fifth time in his career that has happened. John Daly, who was at 137, made his first cut since February.

Play was delayed late in the day for 1 hour, 11 minutes because of rain.

Scores with relation to par from the second round of the WyndhamChampionship, played Aug. 15 at the par-70, 7,117-yard SedgefieldCountry Club in Greensboro, N.C. (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Carl Pettersson 64-61--125

    -15 2. Garrett Willis 64-64--128

    -12 3. Scott McCarron 65-64--129

    -11 4. Kevin Streelman 66-64--130

    -10 5. Tim Clark 64-67--131

    -9 5. Bob Sowards 65-66--131

    -9 5. Jerry Kelly 66-65--131

    -9 8. Robert Garrigus 66-66--132

    -8 8. John Senden 66-66--132

    -8 8. John Riegger 67-65--132

    -8 8. Mark Hensby 66-66--132

    -8 12. Michael Letzig 67-66--133

    -7 12. Steve Marino 65-68--133

    -7 12. Charles Warren 67-66--133

    -7 12. David Lutterus 69-64--133

    -7 12. Bo Van Pelt 67-66--133

    -7 12. Lee Janzen 67-66--133

    -7 18. Mark Brooks 68-66--134

    -6 18. Ben Crane 68-66--134

    -6 18. Kent Jones 66-68--134

    -6 18. Lucas Glover 66-68--134

    -6 18. Tom Pernice, Jr. 68-66--134

    -6 18. a-Danny Lee 68-66--134

    -6 18. Jeff Gove 68-66--134

    -6 18. Brandt Snedeker 66-68--134

    -6 18. Vaughn Taylor 67-67--134

    -6 18. Jay Williamson 67-67--134

    -6 18. Justin Bolli 68-66--134

    -6 29. Billy Mayfair 67-68--135

    -5 29. Tim Wilkinson 66-69--135

    -5 29. Briny Baird 67-68--135

    -5 29. Bob Tway 70-65--135

    -5 29. Glen Day 66-69--135

    -5 29. Jason Dufner 66-69--135

    -5 29. Billy Andrade 66-69--135

    -5 29. Mathias Gronberg 71-64--135

    -5 29. David Toms 68-67--135

    -5 29. George McNeill 68-67--135

    -5 29. Mark Wilson 68-67--135

    -5 29. Brian Gay 67-68--135

    -5 29. Shane Bertsch 67-68--135

    -5 29. Scott Sterling 64-71--135

    -5 29. Bob Heintz 63-72--135

    -5 29. Kyle Thompson 68-67--135

    -5 45. Ted Purdy 68-68--136

    -4 45. Eric Axley 67-69--136

    -4 45. Davis Love III 66-70--136

    -4 45. Zach Johnson 66-70--136

    -4 45. Ken Duke 65-71--136

    -4 45. Paul Casey 70-66--136

    -4 45. Joe Durant 67-69--136

    -4 45. Jeff Maggert 66-70--136

    -4 45. Ryuji Imada 68-68--136

    -4 45. Mark Calcavecchia 67-69--136

    -4 45. Troy Matteson 69-67--136

    -4 45. J.J. Henry 70-66--136

    -4 45. Brenden Pappas 69-67--136

    -4 45. Jason Gore 67-69--136

    -4 45. Frank Lickliter II 68-68--136

    -4 45. Y.E. Yang 67-69--136

    -4 61. Charley Hoffman 68-69--137

    -3 61. Dean Wilson 66-71--137

    -3 61. Joe Ogilvie 69-68--137

    -3 61. Rich Beem 70-67--137

    -3 61. John Daly 70-67--137

    -3 61. Bob Estes 71-66--137

    -3 61. Tom Byrum 71-66--137

    -3 61. Jon Mills 68-69--137

    -3 61. Marc Turnesa 69-68--137

    -3 61. Nick Flanagan 68-69--137

    -3 61. Todd Demsey 69-68--137

    -3 61. Cody Freeman 70-67--137

    -3 61. Richard S. Johnson 67-70--137

    -3 61. Peter Lonard 66-71--137

    -3 61. Patrick Sheehan 66-71--137

    -3 61. Stephen Poole 66-71--137

    -3 61. Martin Laird 63-74--137

    -3 61. Doug LaBelle II 70-67--137

    -3 • • •



    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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