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Pettersson cruises to 5th tour win at Harbour Town



Hilton Head Island, SC (Sports Network) - Carl Pettersson carded a two-under 69 on Sunday and cruised to a five-stroke victory at the Heritage.

Pettersson finished his fifth PGA Tour title at 14-under-par 270.

The Swede's lead was briefly down to three strokes with three holes to go, but no one could mount a charge.

"It wasn't easy. I had it on cruise control on the front nine," admitted Pettersson in a televised interview. "I played great. I stayed aggressive."

Zach Johnson finished alone in second place at minus-nine after a closing 70.

Colt Knost struggled to a three-over 74 to slide into third place at eight- under-par 276.

For the second straight year, Luke Donald leaves Harbour Town as the second- ranked player in the world. He closed with an even-par 71 to finish in a tie for 37th.

Donald needed a top-eight finish to retain his top-ranking. When the new rankings come out on Monday, Rory McIlroy will be world No. 1 despite not playing this week. Last year, Donald lost a playoff to Brandt Snedeker and was denied the No. 1 spot.

Pettersson got off to a hot start and that was all he needed to earn the win. He opened with a 23-foot birdie putt on the first. After a pair of pars, he rolled in a 16-footer for birdie on No. 4.

The 34-year-old made it two in a row as he sank a nine-foot birdie putt on the par-five fifth to get to 15-under.

Pettersson, who led Johnson by four at that point, remained at minus-15 as he ran off nine consecutive pars from the sixth.

At the par-five 15th, Pettersson's tee ball hit a tree. He played his second to the left rough and his third landed in a greenside bunker.

Pettersson pitched to 11 feet, but two-putted for bogey. It was the third day in a row that he bogeyed that par-five.

"My main worry was 14, but 15 ended up biting me again," Pettersson said in a TV interview.

With his lead down to three, Pettersson safely two-putted for par on the final three holes to seal the win.

"I played great golf today. It was a tough day. It's always tough playing with the lead, but it was a great day," Pettersson said on TV.

With the win, Pettersson ties Jesper Parnevik with five PGA Tour victories. No Swede has more than those two.

Johnson birdied three of four holes from the second. However, he had two birdies and four bogeys the rest of the way.

Knost opened bogey-birdie before stumbling to a triple-bogey on the par-four third. He never overcame that as he posted three birdies and three bogeys the rest of the way.

Billy Mayfair (69) and Kevin Stadler (68) shared fourth place at six-under-par 278. Two-time champion Boo Weekley stumbled to a two-over 73 to end alongside Matt Bettencourt (69) in sixth at minus-five.

Jim Furyk (70), Kevin Na (73), Charley Hoffman (70), Matt Every (67) and Harris English (71) all tied for eighth at four-under-par 280.

NOTES: Pettersson, who earned $1.026 million for the victory, has now won four of the six times in which he owned at least a piece of the 54-hole lead...Last year's winner, Snedeker, had two late double-bogeys en route to a four-over 75, which left him tied for 17th at minus-two.

04/15 18:49:56 ET

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