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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    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 pm

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

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    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch.

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    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

    Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

    “We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”

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    It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

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    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

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