April 15 2012
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The final round of the RBC Heritage is in the books with Carl Pettersson coasting to victory at Harbour Town. See below for updates from throughout the day and leave your comments below.
UPDATES (All times ET)
5:53 p.m. -- Carl Pettersson shot a 2-under 69 Sunday to win the RBC Heritage by five. It’s the fifth victory of the Swede’s career and his second in an RBC event -- he also won the 2010 RBC Canadian Open. With the victory Pettersson moves to fourth in the FedExCup standings.
5:30 p.m. -- With Carl Pettersson seemingly headed toward a fifth career victory, here’s a look at how some other notables fared this week: Jim Furyk (4 under); Rory Sabbatini and Brandt Snedeker (2 under); Jason Dufner (even); Geoff Ogilvy (1 over); Luke Donald and Bud Cauley (2 over); Webb Simpson and John Daly (4 over).
5:15 p.m. -- Things just got a little tighter at the top of the leaderboard with Carl Pettersson bogeying the par-5 15th. Minutes earlier, Zach Johnson birdied the hole for a two-shot swing that has cut Pettersson’s lead to just three with three holes to play. Pettersson got in trouble off the tee, finding the trees, was forced to lay up on his second, and dumped his third in a greenside bunker, where he was unable to get up and down to save par. Oddly, it’s the third straight day that Pettersson has bogeyed the hole.
5:05 p.m. -- Zach Johnson just made his first birdie on the back nine here in the final round, rolling in a short putt on the par-5 15th to get to 11 under and within four of Carl Pettersson.
4:30 p.m. -- Boo Wekley just made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 to get to 9 under, but he’s still six shots back of Carl Pettersson. The Swede has done most of his damage this week on the front nine, playing it in a combined 13 under with 15 birdies and just two bogeys
3:50 p.m. -- The final group just made the turn with Carl Pettersson in complete control at 15 under and four shots clear of his closest pursuer. Pettersson has missed just two fairways so far, and he’s taken only 11 putts on his way to making three birdies and no bogeys. Zach Johnson birdied the ninth to get to 11 under, but he’s going to have to keep it up if he’s going to catch Pettersson.
3:25 p.m. -- There’s still a lot of golf left, and we’ve seen some big leads blown before, but Carl Pettersson looks to be in control right now. He leads by five after Zach Johnson missed the par-3 seventh left and failed to get up and down. Pettersson, meanwhile, is 3 under with three birdies and no bogeys through seven holes.
3 p.m. -- Every time Zach Johnson gets closer to Carl Pettersson -- as he did with a birdie on the par-5 fifth -- the big Swede answers right back. Pettersson also birdied the fifth and has been near flawless on a windy day at Harbour Town, where he’s back to leading by four shots.
2:45 p.m. -- Carl Pettersson has the putter working again. He just rolled in a 16-footer to get to 14 under and four shots clear of his closest competitor, Zach Johnson. For the week, Pettersson is tied for first in fewest putts with just 82 of them, including just four today, over 58 holes.
2:35 p.m. -- Zach Johnson just reached double figures with a birdie from just inside 20 feet on the par-3 fourth to get to 10 under. Just three back and alone in second now, Johnson is looking for his first win since 2010. Johnson is solo second at the moment because Colt Knost just triple-bogeyed the third after pulling his tee shot left and being forced to take a drop. His next shot went over the green and he two-putted from 14 feet.
2:20 p.m. -- For the second straight day, Colt Knost erased an early mistake with a birdie on the par-5 second. That gets him to 11 under and within two of leader Carl Pettersson, who only managed a par after missing the green long on his approach. Meanwhile, Zach Johnson also made birdie on No. 2 to get to 9 under.
2:10 p.m. -- It didn’t take long for Carl Pettersson to extend his lead. The big Swede birdied the first hole, rolling in a 23-footer, while Colt Knost bogeyed it after missing from 6 feet. Pettersson now leads by three.
1:55 p.m. -- The final pairing of Carl Pettersson and Colt Knost just teed off with with Pettersson finding the fairway and Knost the left rough. Only one shot separates them, but Zach Johnson is the closest competitor three shots back. Johnson, who is playing with Boo Weekley, who began the day five back, are both even through the first hole.
1:30 p.m. -- How tough is Harbour Town playing? Ask Brian Harman. He went from 2 over at the start of the day to 13 over after an 82 Sunday. The former University of Georgia standout shot 46 on the back nine alone.
1:15 p.m. -- The leaders are still about 30 minutes from teeing off and when they do they will be facing some windy conditions. The wind is blowing in the 15-20 mph range out of the south and is the strongest it has been all week. As a result, the scoring average, at least so far, is much closer to what it was during a blustery opening round with the 7,100-yard par-71 layout playing to a shade over 73 at the moment.