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August 15 2012

6:45 PM

Pettersson could move into top 5

Interview: Carl Pettersson

The North Carolina resident breaks down the massive changes to Sedgefield.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Carl Pettersson attended high school about 15 minutes away from Sedgefield Country Club, which hosts the Wyndham Championship this week.

The Swede, who became an American citizen in January, went on to attend N.C. State and settle in Raleigh, N.C. Four years ago this week, he came back and won the Wyndham Championship and now serves on the tournament's board of directors.

So Pettersson, who hasn't missed the Wyndham Championship since 2003, probably would be playing here this week regardless. But he has added incentive since he could work his way into the all-important top five in the FedExCup should he win the Sam Snead Trophy this week.

Pettersson, who tied for third at last week's PGA Championship, is currently ninth in the standings. He has 1,576 points and could move past Bubba Watson, who is idle, into fifth in the standings with the 500 that go to first place.

The top five entering the finale at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola control their own destiny -- any of the five would win the $10 million bonus with a win at East Lake.

"I hope I can have a solid week here and play well in The Playoffs and have a shot at the FedExCup," Pettersson said. "That would be exciting."

Pettersson said the greens, which have been converted from Bent to Bermuda, makes Sedgefield play differently. The rough is up and the green complexes are more challenging to figure out.

"You can't play as aggressive as you have in years past here because the greens are very soft and they're obviously a lot firmer," Pettersson said. "You got to tone it back a little bit.
   
"It's important to hit the fairways, very important to hit the fairways. From there on you can try to attack on some holes. Some holes you got to play a little bit more defensively. Overall the golf course is great."

Pettersson says this season rivals 2008 as the best of his career. He's had five top-10 finishes, including a win at the RBC Heritage, two seconds and one third.

"I feel like my game overall has improved on every level and it's been a fun year," Pettersson said. "It's been a great year. I don't really want it to end.

"We've got an important stretch of golf now with the Playoffs and this week is one of my favorite events on Tour and looking forward to this week and The Playoffs coming off."

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