Pettersson declines comment on ban for 'a few days'


FORT WORTH, Texas – Carl Pettersson had just completed his breakfast deep within the confines of the Colonial clubhouse early Tuesday when a large television to his right flashed the news everyone had been waiting to hear.

But if the Swede was astonished or angered by the news the USGA and R&A would ban anchoring, he didn’t show it. Instead he collected himself and headed for the practice tee to prepare for this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

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When asked to comment on the news Pettersson politely declined but added, “Give me a few days.”

Pettersson is one of the higher-profile players who anchor on the PGA Tour and he finished 2012 ranked 21st in strokes gained-putting. That doesn’t mean, however, he can’t putt with a conventional-length putter.

“I saw Carl (on Monday) stroking it with a short putter,” Steve Flesch said. “He looked great.”