Pettersson rallies to win
Carl Pettersson won his hometown event for his first PGA Tour victory in two years, shooting a 2-under-par 68 yesterday for a two-stroke victory in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
Pettersson had three birdies during a four-hole stretch on the back nine, finished at 21-under 259 and earned $918,000.
Scott McCarron, who briefly led midway through the final round, shot a 68 to finish second. Rich Beem's second straight 63 left him four strokes off the lead in third.
But there was never any question that the last day of the 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 the 10th.
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. McCarron sent his second shot into the sand, recovered and lipped out an 8-foot birdie putt.
McCarron's bogey on the 17th all but locked up Pettersson's first victory since the 2006 Memorial.
Beem and J.J. Henry (62) both finished strong and propelled themselves off the
LPGA - Katherine Hull won the Canadian Women's Open for her first tour title, taking advantage of 19-year-old Yani Tseng's final-round meltdown for a one-stroke victory in Ottawa.
The 26-year-old Australian, six strokes behind Tseng at the start of the round, shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 11-under 277. Se Ri Pak closed with a 72 to finish second, and Tseng's 77 left her two strokes behind at 9 under.
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa shot a 73 to tie for fourth.
Michelle Wie, using the last of her six LPGA Tour exemptions this year, tied for 12th at 3 under. She had rounds of 75, 70, 69 and 71.
The 18-year-old Stanford student said hasn't decided whether to go to Q-school in a bid to earn an LPGA Tour card.
"I feel like I gained a lot of confidence in myself again this year," Wie said. "Being pain-free in the later part of the year, I started feeling confident. From May on, it's getting better and better and now in the offseason, I know what to work on for next year."
Champions - Fred Funk won the Tradition for his first tour major, closing with a 3-under 69 for a 19-under, 269 total and a three-stroke victory over Mike Goodes (72) in Sunriver, Ore.
European - Peter Hanson shot 1-over 71 in cold, windy, and wet conditions and held on to win the SAS Masters in Stockholm, edging Pelle Edberg (70) and Nick Dougherty (70) by a stroke.