Pettersson follows 60 with 67 for win in Canada

By Associated PressJuly 26, 2010, 2:08 am

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TORONTO – Carl Pettersson’s family left Sweden when he was 10, spent five years in England, then settled in Greensboro, N.C.

“I call myself a mutt,” Pettersson said Sunday after rallying to win the Canadian Open for his fourth PGA Tour victory. “I’m not your typical Swede, as you know. I don’t have a 28-inch waist and I don’t eat bananas at the turn, stuff like that.”

In fact, he considers his ample gut a necessity, something he learned after a successful fitness kick backfired following the 2008 season.

“Obviously, I was a little overweight,” Pettersson said. “I thought, `Well, I’ll get fit.’ So I actually lost 30 pounds – and my game completely left me. I guess the timing of the swing and everything was thrown out, and I really struggled in ’09. … I’d love to be fitter, but I’m not going to go down that road again.”

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Pettersson rallied from seven back Sunday to win the Canadian Open by one. (Getty Images)
He ended up getting a lot more exercise than he expected at hilly St. George’s after opening rounds of 71 and 68 left him in danger of missing the cut.

“Right when I finished (Friday), I thought I had missed,” Pettersson said.

“I walked in the locker room and (fellow player) Jay Williamson had all the scenarios written out, and he’s like, `Grab a beer.’ Before you know it, I’d had seven beers. Made the cut. And my caddie had to drive me home. I wasn’t in that bad of shape, but I didn’t want to drive. I can usually handle seven beers.”

He made the cut by a stroke, then shot a tournament-record 60 on Saturday and closed with a 67 to beat Dean Wilson by one shot, finishing at 14 under.

“I still can’t believe I won,” said Pettersson, six strokes behind Wilson with 11 holes to play and four back with seven to go.

Wilson, playing on a sponsor exemption, shot a 72 after opening with three straight 65s to take a four-stroke lead into the final round.

“If you would have told me before the week that I could be second alone, I would have been tickled,” Wilson said. “Being in the position that I was, I’m a little disappointed. But still, lots of positives.”

Pettersson made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 13th to pull within one, then took the lead on the 480-yard, par-4 14th. He holed a 25-footer from the fringe, and Wilson missed his par putt en route to a bogey.

“I played very aggressive,” Pettersson said. “And all of a sudden I had the lead.”

Wilson hit into the thick rough to the right of the green, chipped through the putting surface to the opposite fringe and missed from 15 feet.

“That was my bad swing of the day,” Wilson said. “I had a good yardage, good mindset on what I was going to do and I just didn’t execute.”

Pettersson pulled away on the par-5 15th with his third straight birdie and fourth in five holes, hitting a wedge to 4 1/2 feet.

He parred 16 and 17 and, with a shot to spare, bogeyed the 18th, missing a 5-foot par putt after Wilson putted out for his fourth straight par.

“I felt like I handled it well coming in,” Pettersson said. “I know I bogeyed the last, but after Dean didn’t make birdie, I sort of ginched that putt up there.”

Pettersson bogeyed the par-4 seventh to fall six strokes behind, then birdied Nos. 8 and 9 to cut the margin to four.

“I was just the sideshow on the front nine,” Pettersson said. “I just love that back nine. It sets up great for me.”

The 32-year-old former North Carolina State player earned $918,000 for his first victory since the 2008 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro. He also won the 2005 Chrysler Championship and 2006 Memorial.

“If you would have asked me Thursday if I was going to win, I would have laughed at you,” Pettersson said. “Probably thought, `You been drinking seven beers or what?”’

DIVOTS: Luke Donald (66) was third at 12 under. … Adam Hadwin was the top Canadian, shooting a 71 to tie for 37th at 5 under. … Glen Day had a hole-in-one on the 211-yard eighth, hitting a 3-iron. He shot a 69 to also finish at 5 under. … The 2011 tournament will be played at Shaughnessy in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.