How to shoot 68 in just over two hours

Carl Pettersson shoots a 68 at Quail Hollow, May 2

Carl Pettersson shoots a 68 at Quail Hollow, May 2

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Who says you can’t play 18 holes in under 2 hours, 15 minutes? Just ask Carl Pettersson. The Swede walked – and maybe jogged a step or two – en route to 68 Sunday at the Quail Hollow Championship in 2 hours, 13 minutes. The score tied his best ever in 26 rounds at Quail Hollow.

A resident of Raleigh, just three hours away, Pettersson wasn’t playing quickly in order to catch a plane. No, Pettersson just decided to play some golf. When he totaled it up, he had six birdies and a double bogey – a round that just about anyone playing later would be happy to sign.

“I really didn’t feel like I rushed. I went fast in between shots and took my time on every putt,” Pettersson said. “It makes you wonder why you don’t play right through.”

While pace of play may seem to be the reason why Pettersson had such a good round, it turns out he found a key on the back nine.

“I started standing closer to the ball,” said Pettersson, who recorded only his third sub-70 score at Quail Hollow. “It sort of felt awkward, but it was a little key that worked. It may not work tomorrow.”

The score is a confidence booster. With the exception of the Sony Open (T-5) and Transitions Championship (T-8), Pettersson has produced very average iron play. He’s hoping the swing thought will be the answer.

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