CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Slow play was a hot topic at Tuesday’s mandatory players meeting at Quail Hollow and on Sunday Carl Pettersson became a one-man cure to the circuit’s lethargic ways.
The Swede went off first on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., posted six birdies and a double bogey and rolled in his final putt at 9:43 a.m., two hours, 13 minutes that beats the Tour average by nearly three hours.
“I didn’t feel like I was rushed,” smiled Pettersson, whose 68 matched his best round ever at Quail Hollow. “It was fun. I enjoyed it, but you have to have fun out there.”
Pettersson lives just three hours from Quail Hollow, which means he didn’t have to rush to catch a flight and is an alternate into next week’s Players Championship, but he could have been motoring along so he could find his cell phone.
Just after Pettersson signed his scorecard Tom Gillis walked by and announced, “Thanks for the wake- up call. It was 5 a.m.”
Pettersson explained to Gillis that he lost his cell phone on Saturday, but that didn’t soften the blow of an early call.
“I don’t know who called Gillis, but I’m glad they did,” Pettersson laughed.