Carl Pettersson hoping to rebound with Wyndham repeat

By Associated PressAugust 19, 2009, 4:00 pm
Wyndham Championship GREENSBORO, N.C. ' Not much has gone right for Carl Pettersson in the 12 months since he won his adopted hometowns tournament.
 
If he doesnt put together another strong weekend at the final event of golfs regular season, his rough year will end a few weeks early.
 
The native Swede who calls North Carolina home returns to the site of his only victory since 2006 to defend his title at the Wyndham Championship, where hes on the board of directors.
 
Ive played some good rounds (and) if I had better confidence in myself, I probably would have shot one or two shots better each day, Pettersson said Wednesday.
 
This games all about confidence, and if you feel like youre going to do well, you probably are going to do well. I feel like my games turning around, and it just takes time to get that spring back in your step.
 
Pettersson moved to North Carolina as a boy, attended high school in Greensboro, played collegiately at North Carolina State and lives a 90-minute drive away in Raleigh.
 
He put together quite the feel-good local story last August at the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club, leading almost all of the final two rounds, following his tournament-record 61 in the third round with a 68 to lock up a two-stroke victory that was his first ' and only ' since the 2006 Memorial.
 
He hasnt finished in the top 10 since.
 
His best result this year was his first, when he was 17th at the Mercedez-Benz Championship in January. He missed the cut in 14 of the 23 tournaments hes played since then while failing to reach the weekend in eight consecutive events during a two-month stretch from March to May. He missed the cut at last weeks PGA Championship by one stroke.
 
Without a strong finish at the Wyndham, Pettersson will find himself out of the FedEx Cup field. Hes in 151st place, 74 points behind No. 125 Andres Romero, who isnt playing this week.
 
It hasnt been the greatest this year, but I felt like the last couple of weeks, Ive played pretty solid, Pettersson said. I feel like my games turning around.
 
He isnt the only one looking for a last-gasp points boost before the playoffs start next week at The Barclays in New Jersey.
 
Among the notable players entering the weekend near the bubble are No. 115 Sergio Garcia, whose postseason run last year included second-place finishes in playoffs to Vijay Singh at The Barclays and Camilo Villegas at the Tour Championship, and Charles Warren, who enters at No. 124.
 
Its not like youre going to change your game plan or hit a shot differently or anything like that, Warren said. Its just, at the end of the week, not only trying to lobby to stay inside the top 125, you need to work on your seeding going into the deal just so you can hopefully try to keep getting it going, because if I play OK this weekend and I end up at 124 and dont play great on Sunday, Im going to wish I played better.
 
Lucas Glover certainly doesnt have to worry about any of that.
 
At No. 5 on the points list, the U.S. Open champion is the highest-ranked player in the Wyndham field. Instead, the Clemson graduate is back in the heart of Atlantic Coast Conference country looking to accomplish something else ' (impressing Fred Couples as he mulls possible captains picks for the Presidents Cup.
 
Anyone who can cruise through (Sedgefield) and play well will get another look, Couples said.
 
Being picked means you had a pretty good year or a pretty good couple of years, Glover said. I think Ive done a pretty good job the last couple of months, but weve got a few weeks where weve got to keep playing hard. The goals to keep winning golf tournaments, but in the back of my mind, at the same time, you want to play well for that, as well.
 
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    Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

    Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

    The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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    And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.