Monday, 18 August 2008

Big Round Swede battles for the big boys in record showing.

£10,000,000... that's a lot of pies...
Carl Pettersson made it through an up and down closing back nine on Sunday to take a richly deserved win at the Wyndham Championship and thrust his name into an already crowded mix vying for inclusion on the Ryder Cup Team. Bogeys on 10 and 11 saw him drift back into the clutches of the rallying Scott McCarron for a short time, but Petterson didn't panic and a burst of three birdies in four holes saw him back in control and able to afford a bogey on the last to take a two shot victory.

It was an exemplary weeks play from Pettersson, whose statistics made fine reading afterwards. Making 80.6 of his Greens in Regulation, tied 14th for the tournament and a telling stat of 1.612 Putts per green in regulation combined to produce some very low scores through the week. Hitting such a high percentage of greens and then taking so few putts when you're there will do that. 64 and 61(tournament 18 hole record) in the first two rounds was a record for the PGA tour after 36 holes, and he finished with a 66 and 68 for a total of 259, 21 strokes under par. It rises him from nowhere to 13th place in the Fedex Cup standings, a chance to win what amounts to a $10,000,000 pension fund. More on that in an upcoming post, the worlds gone mad stuffing money at golfers!

The Chubby Swede could not be less like his Swedish compatriots, such as the lithe Robert Karlsson, Henrik Stenson or Johan Edfors, the picture of the modern gym trained golfer (a dead ringer for Roger Federer if you ask me), but whatever his weight, he carries it well enough around the golf course. He has made his home in America and considers himself as much a Yank as anything else but stands ready should he recieve the call to play in the Ryder Cup on the Euro side.

"I know I'm Swedish but I really feel American, but my heritage is European and I would love to play on Nick's team. I might be a little different but I'm going to be playing hard for Europe if I make that team."

So that's one more name for the likes of Monty and Clarke to be worrying about. Another is Paul Casey who was playing in the Wyndam too. A relatively weak par round on the thursday was a setback whe the field was scoring well, but too rounds of 66 sandwiching a 67 gained him a decent placing of 26th. Not exactly the placing he was after but such a consistent showing over the weekend will do his cause no harm, two birdies in his last four holes giving him a nice bump up the leaderboard. He is still a lowly 18th on the world list however and will have it all to do to qualify that way now. But more consistent scoring like in his last three rounds at Wyndham will make him hard to ignore against the likes of out of form Monty.

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