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December 14 2012

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No. 34 Carl Pettersson

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To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here .


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2013 PREVIEW: Carl Pettersson had already won four times on TOUR but the 2012 season, when he added a fifth, was certainly his most consistent. If he can continue to build on that success -- where he had one win, two seconds and one third among his six top-10s -- he'll leave Jesper Parnevik behind as the winningest Swede on TOUR.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Pettersson fell short in his last-ditch bid to earn a Masters invitation, finishing second to Hunter Mahan at the Shell Houston Open. Two weeks later, though, the N.C. State product made sure he'd be at Augusta National in 2013 when he won the RBC Heritage by five strokes over Zach Johnson. Petterson birdied three of his first five holes that Sunday. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Carl is one of the harder workers on TOUR. He received a very tough ruling in the final round of the PGA Championship and still finished third. Pettersson is very good with the long putter, ranking 21st in strokes gained-putting. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: The Swede has been teasing us for years that a season like 2012 was possible, so that he finally consummated on the trend was incredibly fulfilling. As one of the most underrated short-game artists in the game, it stands to reason that he'll back it up in 2013 (assuming he wins at least once, which is an unfair demand). In his 10 years on the PGA TOUR, he's averaged 28.7 starts per with no fewer than 26 in any one season. He's also survived at least 20 cuts in eight of his last nine. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
7th

Final Playoffs ranking
24th

Best finish 1st RBC Heritage
By the Numbers
Starts: 26
Cuts made: 20
Rounds played: 92
Top-10 finishes: 6
Money List rank: 13th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 35th
Driving accuracy: 148th
Greens in regulation: 128th
Strokes gained-putting: 21st
Scoring average: 19th

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