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August 17 2012

10:38 PM

Pettersson wants to stay aggressive

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Carl Pettersson heads to the weekend at the Wyndham Championship two strokes off the pace.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

GREENSBORO, N.C. --  Carl Pettersson played early on Thursday, grabbed the lead at the Wyndham Championship with a 62 and then drove home to Raleigh. He'll do the same on Friday night, too.

But the 68 Pettersson shot in the second round didn't put the Swede in quite the same frame of mind as he was on Thursday when he came within a shot of tying the course record he posted in his 2008 victory.

"I'm going to drive back tonight home and get some rest and see if I can find my swing on the way back," Pettersson said.

He struggled early Friday, three-putting from 54 feet at the sixth hole and finding the creek that runs along the eighth fairway on the way to another bogey. Pettersson bounced back quickly, though, making a 25-footer for birdie at No. 9 and holing a chip from 40 feet at the next hole for another.

A 6-foot eagle putt at the 15th hole completed the scoring, moving Pettersson into a tie for third at 10 under, two strokes behind Jimmy Walker's lead.

"I struggled early on," Pettersson said. "Didn't have much today but I thought it was a good comeback shooting 4 under from nine onwards and 2-under par was okay today with the game that I had and hopefully I can hit the ball better on the weekend and have a chance."

Pettersson also was playing with his back-up driver after cracking his gamer on his 17th hole Thursday. His first drive on Friday found the rough but he went on to hit 10 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation.

"Overall, it was pretty good," Pettersson said. "There was some uncertainty for sure but, overall, I hit the driver pretty good. ... I'll keep it in the bag for the weekend."

Pettersson has a good track record at Sedgefield with that win and solo fourth last year in four appearances since the course. He also finished fifth in 2007 at Forest Oaks so the five-time PGA TOUR champ certainly has a comfort zone in Greensboro, where he went to high school, and the state where he now makes his home.

"I got to keep playing aggressive, put the ball in play and then try to make some birdies and have a low weekend," Pettersson said. "It's nice to be up there with a chance to win."

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