Pettersson wins Heritage

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Save the fitness trailer for the rest of the PGA Tour, Carl Pettersson knows he’s fine the way he is.

Carl Pettersson blasts a shot out of the sand on No. 10. His victory was the fifth of his career on Tour, tying for the most ever by a Swede.  JONATHAN DYER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JONATHAN DYER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Carl Pettersson blasts a shot out of the sand on No. 10. His victory was the fifth of his career on Tour, tying for the most ever by a Swede.

Pettersson used another fast start for 2-under 69 and a five-shot victory over Zach Johnson on Sunday at the RBC Heritage. Pettersson has never fit the tapered, powerful build made popular by Tiger Woods and copied by scores of young players.

The one time the 34-year-old Pettersson did slim down and lost 30 pounds, he also lost his winning golf swing.

“Ultimately, just cause you don’t look like an athlete doesn’t mean you’re not an athlete,” Pettersson said. “We’re not running a marathon out here, we’re walking 18 holes.”

And no one walked them better this week at Harbour Town Golf Links than Pettersson. He finished at 14-under to win his fifth PGA Tour title and first since 2010. Pettersson also tied countryman Jesper Parnevik for most ever on tour by a Swedish player.

“It was great,” said Pettersson, now a U.S. citizen. “I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself, so I kind of downplayed the whole thing. But getting off to a birdie on one was great.”

Pettersson, second in the Houston Open two weeks ago, earned $1,026,000.

Johnson shot 70 to finish second at 9-under, while Colt Knost’s chances for his first PGA Tour title fell apart with 74. He was third at 8-under.

Kevin Stadler (68) and Billy Mayfair (69) tied for fourth at 6-under. Two-time Heritage winner Boo Weekley had his worst round of the week, 73, to tie for sixth with Matt Bettencourt (69).

World No. 13 Webb Simpson finished 4-over while No. 14 Matt Kuchar, a former Georgia Tech star who finished two strokes from the playoff in third at the Masters Tournament, also was way off the pace at 3-over. No. 18 Bill Haas did not make the cut.

LOCAL INTEREST

VAUGHN TAYLOR

Evans resident

Score 67-73-70-71–281

Finish T13

CHARLES HOWELL

Augusta native

Score 72-68-77-68–285

Finish T29

WILL CLAXTON

Swainsboro, Ga.*

Score 70-72-73-75–290

Finish T60

* former resident

DONALD TO FALL BACK

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Luke Donald said he has proven he’s among the world’s best, even if he won’t have the No. 1 ranking to prove it.

Donald finished off a disappointing week at the RBC Heritage with an even-par 71 on Sunday. Donald needed to finish among the top eight at Harbour Town Golf Links to keep the top spot. Instead, he was 16 shots off the lead and will surrender No. 1 to Rory McIlroy when the new world rankings are released today.

“Is it a concern? No,” Donald said. “Obviously, I’d have liked to have played a bit more consistently this year. I built it up nicely last year through tournaments and winning a bunch. As a result, there’s a little bit of fluctuation in the world rankings now.”

– Associated Press


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