HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Carl Pettersson got his fifth career victory Sunday and second in an RBC-sponsored event with a final-round 69 to capture the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.
The 34-year-old Swede shot a final-round 69 to win by five over Zach Johnson. The win is his first since the 2010 RBC Canadian Open and moves him to fourth in the FedExCup standings.
Pettersson was nearly flawless on a picturesque final day at Harbour Town, where he led by one at the start of the day and sped away from the field with three birdies in his first five holes. He made just one bogey in a breezy final round and took just 26 putts.
For the week, Pettersson led the field in greens in regulation on a course with the smallest greens of any stop on the PGA TOUR. He was also first in putts per green in regulation.
Johnson got within three of Pettersson with a birdie on the par-5 15th but bogeyed the next hole. He never got any closer and bogeyed the last to shoot 70.
Colt Knost, who played alongside Pettersson in the final group, struggled right from the start. He bogeyed the opening hole and made triple bogey on the third before finishing with a 74.
Crowd favorite Boo Weekley, who has won here twice and began the day five shots back, shot 73 to finish in a tie for sixth.
Carl Pettersson is a winner for the fifth time on the PGA TOUR, winning Sunday at Harbour Town by five shots in the RBC Heritage. Interestingly, two of his five wins have RBC in the name – he won the RBC Canadian Open in 2010.
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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Carl Pettersson is still almost two hours away from teeing off, but it’s pretty clear he was able to carry over the momentum from his runner-up in Houston to here at Harbour Town.
The affable Swede has played his last seven rounds under par, playing those 126 holes in 27 under. Here at the RBC Heritage, no one has hit more greens than Pettersson, who is 40-for-54 in greens in regulation. That works pretty well when you’re talking about the smallest greens on the PGA TOUR.
Here’s a look at some other key numbers for Pettersson, who is looking for his first win since another RBC-sponsored event, the 2010 Canadian Open.
|Stat||This Week||Field Average|
|Greens in regulation||74 percent (1st)||53 percent|
|Proximity to hole||31 feet (T6)||37 feet|
|Fairway proximity||24 feet (1st)||33 feet|
|Approaches inside 125 yards||14 feet (9th)||21 feet|
|Putting average||1.550 (1st)||1.740|
|Total birdies||19 (1st)||--|
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Carl Pettersson hit a picture-perfect approach shot on the picturesque 18th hole Saturday at Harbour Town Golf Links. The result was a birdie to cap a 5-under 66 to give the Swede a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the RBC Heritage.
On a mostly sun-drenched day along the Calibogue Sound, Pettersson ran off five birdies in a row at one point, racing to the top of the leaderboard as he made the turn in 31. His pace was slowed by two bogeys on the back nine, but they were offset by some phenomenal ball-striking that led to seven birdies on the afternoon.
Harbour Town is known for having the smallest greens on the PGA TOUR, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Pettersson is in front after leading the field in greens in regulation through the first three rounds. Saturday, he hit 14 greens for a second straight day.
But that’s only half the story. Pettersson also putted well, taking just 26 putts in the third round. He’s tied for first in putts per green in regulation and 15th in strokes gained-putting.
Knost, meanwhile, is second in putting and sixth in greens hit. He also recovered from a shaky start.
Leading at the start of the day, Knost bogeyed the opening hole when he pushed his tee shot into the trees. He eagled his next hole when he rolled in a 48-footer from just off the green of the par 5, but gave another stroke back with a bogey on the third hole.
It was mostly smooth sailing from there, however, with Knost making three birdies and just one bogey the rest of the way.
Three years ago, Knost led going into the final round of the Shell Houston Open only to shoot 81 on Sunday.
For most of the day, it looked as if the RBC Heritage would be a two-horse race between Pettersson and Knost.
Zach Johnson, however, shot a 66 as well and is four strokes off the lead.
Boo Weekley, who won here in 2007 and 2008, is in fourth place at 7 under after shooting 70.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- We’re still about an hour away from leader Colt Knost teeing off. When he does, he’ll have plenty of contenders with a dozen players currently within five strokes of his lead.
Only three second-round leaders have gone on to win this season on the PGA TOUR so with that in mind, here’s a look at some of his pursuers.
Pettersson, a four-time winner on TOUR and currently in solo second, is making his 10 th start at the RBC Heritage, where he tied for third in 2004 and tied for eighth in 2007. His last win came two years ago at the RBC Canadian Open, but Pettersson, already has runner-up finishes at the Shell Houston Open and Sony Open in Hawaii this season.
He’s a two-time RBC Heritage winner with victories in 2007 and 2008, the former of which came courtesy of a couple of late chip-ins. Weekley, who shot 66 in the second round and is three shots off the lead, has now shot par or better in 19 of his 22 rounds at Harbour Town. A win would move Weekley into a tie with Hale Irwin for the second-most victories at this event with three, behind only five-time winner Davis Love III.
Snedeker is already one of seven players to hold the season-best birdie streak (he made six in a row during the third round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation) and he came close to matching that with five straight here at one point Friday. No defending champion has ever missed the cut here and Snedeker added his name to that list. Now he’s hoping to become the fourth back-to-back winner here, joining Payne Stewart (1989-90), Davis Love III (1991-92) and Weekley.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The last time Colt Knost led on the PGA TOUR, the end result didn’t turn out so well.
Leading after the second and third rounds of the 2009 Shell Houston Open, Knost shot a final-round 81 to tumble to a tie for 42nd. After a 66 on Friday to take a two-shot lead to the weekend at 9 under, he’s hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.
On a postcard day at Harbour Town Golf Links, scoring was much better than in a blustery opening round. Of the top 23 players on the leaderboard, only three failed to break par.
Michael Bradley had the day’s best score with a 64 in the afternoon wave to move into a five-way tie for seventh at 4 under. Several others had similar scores.
Carl Pettersson, who is alone in second, carded a 65. Boo Weekley, who won here in 2007 and 2008, shot 66. So did Robert Garrigus, who is tied for fifth.
Other notables in contention entering the weekend include defending champion Brandt Snedeker, who is 4 under after a 67 Friday, Zach Johnson and Bud Cauley, both of whom are 3 under.
Another stroke back at 2 under is Tim Clark, who is making just his sixth start of the year after recovering from wrist surgery last season.
Plenty of big names also missed the cut, however, including Ernie Els, who triple-bogeyed the 18th hole to miss by three. Others headed home early include Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson, david Duval and Rickie Fowler.