Pettersson comes from behind for Canadian Open win|
Etobicoke, ON (Sports Network) - Sweden's Carl Pettersson posted a three-under
67 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Canadian Open at St. George's
Golf & Country Club.
Pettersson finished at 14-under 266 and won by a single stroke over third-
round leader Dean Wilson, who squandered a four-shot overnight lead with a
two-over 72 on Sunday.
"I can't believe it," said Pettersson in a television interview. "I thought
I missed the cut. Shooting 60 yesterday and playing so well on the back nine
here was incredible."
Pettersson made the cut on the number Friday and went out early Saturday and
fired a 10-under 60. He had a decent look at the magical 59 on the 18th hole,
but narrowly missed his birdie putt.
Pettersson earned his fourth PGA Tour victory and first since the 2008 Wyndham
Championship. He pocketed $918,000 for the win.
Luke Donald shot a four-under 66 in the final round to finish in third at
It was a wild second nine for Pettersson that got him the victory.
He began the final round four strokes behind Wilson and Pettersson did
nothing on the front nine to make one think he'd surge up the leaderboard.
The big Swede bogeyed the fourth and seventh holes, but atoned for the errors
with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 8 and 9. Wilson made the turn at even-par
for the day thanks to a bogey at the eighth and a two-putt birdie at the
Pettersson birdied the par-five 11th to cut the gap to three. Wilson's
approach at the 12th came up short and so too did his pitch. He missed a 10-
foot par save and the advantage was only two.
Pettersson hit his tee ball to 10 feet to set up birdie at the par-three 13th.
He was one behind, and the 14th proved to be the swing hole of the
Wilson missed the green at 14 and hit another poor chip. Pettersson was on the
back fringe and rolled in his 20-footer for birdie. Wilson's 12-footer stayed
above ground, and in just four holes, Pettersson went from four behind Wilson
to one ahead.
Pettersson did not let up once he took the lead. At the par-five 15th, he hit
a spectacular shot under trees to three feet and cashed in on the birdie
Wilson couldn't make up any ground in the end. He parred his last four holes,
but even though he didn't hoist the trophy, it was still a good week for
His second-place check moved him into the top 125 on the money list and Wilson
doesn't have full status on the tour this year. If he can stay in that top
125, Wilson, who got in this week on a sponsor's exemption, will be back on
"Nothing but positives," said Wilson to The Golf Channel. "I wish I could've
been one better, but that's the way it goes."
Pettersson played the 18th like a man with a two-shot cushion. His drive gave
him a tough approach and he did well to land it 65 feet from the stick.
Pettersson's birdie effort came up six feet short and he missed the par putt.
All it did was give him a one-shot victory instead of two.
"I played great that back nine," said Pettersson. "I hate I bogeyed the last,
but I'm thrilled to win."
Players Champion Tim Clark (71), Michael Letzig (65), Greg Chalmers (65),
Charley Hoffman (65), Charlie Wi (66), Matt Kuchar (67), Jeff Quinney (69),
Bryce Molder (70) and Bob Estes (71) tied for fourth place at 10-under-par
NOTES: Pettersson and Clark were college roommates at North Carolina
State...David Duval fired a 65 on Sunday and vaulted up 39 places into a tie
for 17th at eight-under...Next week is a new event, The Greenbrier Classic.
07/25 19:06:15 ET