Carl Pettersson won his hometown event for his first PGA Tour victory in two years, shooting a 2-under 68 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Wyndham Championship.
The local favorite, former North Carolina State player and
member of the tournament's board had three birdies during a
four-hole stretch on the back nine, finished at 21-under 259 and
Scott McCarron, who briefly led midway through the final round,
shot a 68 and to finished second. Rich Beem's second straight 63
left him four strokes off the lead, with J.J. Henry (62) and rookie
Martin Laird (63) another shot behind him.
But there was never any question that the last day of the PGA
Tour's final pre-playoff event was anything but a two-man showdown,
with the Swede making his move immediately after he slipped out of
the lead for the first time since early in the second round, when
he shot a tournament-record 61.
Pettersson began the back nine with consecutive bogeys and fell
one stroke back to 19 under when he missed an 8-foot par putt on
But McCarron gave the stroke back on the next hole, missing a
13-foot birdie putt, lipping out a 4-foot par attempt and recording
just his second bogey of the tournament.
Pettersson birdied the 13th for a one-stroke lead, then went
back up by two shots with a birdie on the par-5 15th - the easiest
hole on the course for everyone but him, after two bogeys and a par
on it. This time it was McCarron's turn for trouble; he sent his
second shot into the sand, recovered and lipped out an 8-foot
McCarron's bogey on the 17th all but locked up Pettersson's
first victory since the 2006 Memorial.
McCarron - who had used two early birdies to erase the
two-stroke lead that Pettersson brought into the round - was denied
his fourth career victory and first since 2001. It was the second
top-10 finish of the year for the PGA Tour veteran who sat out the
2007 season after having surgery to repair a tendon in his right
Beem and Henry both finished strong and propelled themselves off
the FedEx Cup bubble and into the playoffs, which begin later this
week at The Barclays.
Beem had birdies on four of his last six holes, jumping 52 spots
to 114th, while Henry, who birdied four of his final five holes,
moved up 42 spots to 135th. Laird, who shared the first-day lead
with Bob Heintz before falling off the pace, wound up jumping 36
spots to 128th.
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