Pettersson will need a pick to play in Ryder Cup


With his win at the RBC Heritage, Carl Pettersson has become a chic name as a candidate for the European Ryder Cup team. The Swede, however, is cautious to talk about his chances to play for Jose Maria Olazabal at Medinah in September.

“It's too early still. It's only April,” Pettersson said Tuesday on “Morning Drive.” “If I can keep on playing well, sure, sure. We'll see what happens.”

The five-time PGA Tour winner realizes his European peers are a road block to being Chicago-bound.

“It's tough because the European team is very strong right now. They have so many guys in the top 10 in the world ranking,” he said. “I'd have to play some incredible golf to make the team. I was close in 2006 and close in ‘08, but it would be a dream come true to play the Ryder Cup.”

Further hurting Pettersson is the fact that he is not a member of the European Tour. To make the team, he must rely on Olazabal to appoint him with one of his two captain’s picks.

“Morning Drive” guest co-host and fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam believes it is fair for the European qualifying process to penalize Pettersson’s commitment to live and play on the PGA Tour.

“Is your passport the only reason you get points? You should belong to the (European) Tour,” she said.