Pettersson earns invite to WGC-Bridgestone with win at RBC

July 26, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

Akron, OH- Carl Pettersson collected the fourth victory of his PGA TOUR career Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open and earned an invitation to the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in the process. Nine other players joined Pettersson as recent qualifiers for the event at Firestone Country Club by virtue of being inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of today, Monday, July 26. Players not otherwise qualified have one week remaining to either collect a victory or move inside the top 50 in the OWGR before the field is finalized Monday, Aug. 2. The 2010 Bridgestone Invitational returns to Firestone Country Club's South Course Aug. 3-9.

Despite nearly becoming the fifth player in PGA TOUR history to shoot 59 after a third round, 10-under 60, Pettersson still faced a four-stroke deficit entering Sunday's final round. On the strength of six birdies in an eight-hole stretch between No. 6 and No. 15, Pettersson posted a 3-under 67 Sunday to storm from behind and claim the one-shot victory. The 32-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden, claimed his first PGA TOUR title since the 2008 Wyndham Championship and will travel to Akron for his fourth-career appearance at the Bridgestone Invitational. He finished T36 last year with his best result a T27 in 2006. Pettersson will be making his first start in a World Golf Championships event since last year's Bridgestone Invitational.

Among the nine players to qualify via the OWGR is PGA TOUR rookie Rickie Fowler at No. 34, who will make the first start of his career in a World Golf Championships event. Fowler is the highest-ranked rookie in the FedExCup standings at No. 15 on the current points list and has two second-place finishes (Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Memorial Tournament) on the season. Joining Fowler on the list of qualifiers via the OWGR are Charl Schwartzel (No. 28), Nick Watney (No. 32), Francesco Molinari (No. 35), Alvaro Quiros (No. 41), Scott Verplank (No. 47), Bo Van Pelt (No. 48), Peter Hanson (No. 49) and Rhys Davies (No. 50). Molinari, Van Pelt, Hanson and Davies, like Fowler, are all qualified for the Bridgestone Invitational for the first time.

Among the notable players currently on the "bubble" just outside of the top 50 in the OWGR are Jeff Overton (No. 55), Ricky Barnes (No. 58), Brian Gay (No. 61) and Davis Love III (No. 70). All four are competing this week in the inaugural Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR.

2010 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Eligible players
Allenby, Robert - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2009 Nedbank Challenge, 2009 Australian PGA Championship (designated)
Bohn, Jason - 2010 Zurich Classic
Bourdy, Gregory - 2009 UBS Hong Kong Open
Cabrera, Angel - 2009 Presidents Cup
Campbell, Chad - 2008 Ryder Cup
Casey,Paul - 2008 Ryder Cup
Choi, K.J. - 2009 Iskandar Johor Open (designated)
Cink, Stewart - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2008 Ryder Cup
Clark, Tim - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2010 THE PLAYERS Championship
Crane, Ben - 2010 Farmers Insurance Open
Curtis, Ben - 2008 Ryder Cup
Davies, Rhys - No. 50 in OWGR as of 7/26/10
Day, Jason - 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship
Donald, Luke - 2010 Madrid Masters
Dyson, Simon - 2009 Alfred Dunhill Championship
Els, Ernie - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2010 WGC-CA Championship, 2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Fisher, Ross - 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship
Fowler, Rickie - No. 34 in OWGR as of 7f/26/10
Fraser, Marcus - 2010 Ballantine's Championship
Furyk, Jim - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2008 Ryder Cup, 2010 Transitions Championship, 2010 Verizon Heritage
Garcia, Sergio - 2008 Ryder Cup
Glover, Lucas - 2009 Presidents Cup
Goosen, Retief - 2009 Presidents Cup
Haas, Bill - 2010 Bob Hope Classic
Hansen, Soren - 2008 Ryder Cup
Hanson, Peter - No. 49 in OWGR as of 7/26/10.
Harrington, Padraig - 2008 Ryder Cup
Holmes, J.B. - 2008 Ryder Cup
Horsey, David - 2010 BMW International Open
Ikeda, Yuta - 2009 Bridgestone Open (designated)
Ishikawa, Ryo - 2009 Presidents Cup
Jimenez, Miguel A. - 2008 Ryder Cup, 2010 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, 2010 Alstom Open de France
Johnson, Dustin - 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach
Johnson, Zach - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational
Jonzon, Michael - 2009 Castello Masters
Karlsson, Robert - 2008 Ryder Cup, 2010 Commercialbank Qatar Masters
Kaymer, Martin - 2010 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship
Khan, Simon - 2010 BMW PGA Championship
Kim, Anthony - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2008 Ryder Cup, 2010 Shell Houston Open
Kingston, James - 2009 Mercedes-Benz Championship
Kuchar, Matt - 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship
Laird, Martin - 2009 Justin Timberlake Open
Leonard, Justin - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2008 Ryder Cup
Mahan, Hunter - 2008 Ryder Cup, 2009 Presidents Cup, 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open
Matteson, Troy - 2009 Frys.com Open
McDowell, Graeme - 2008 Ryder Cup, 2010 Celtic Manor Wales Open, 2010 US Open
McGowan, Ross - 2009 Madrid Masters
McIlroy, Rory - 2010 Quail Hollow Championship
Mickelson, Phil - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2008 Ryder Cup, 2009 TOUR Championship, 2009 WGC-HSBC Champions, 2010 Masters
Miyamoto, Katsumasa - 2010 Japan Golf Tour Championship (designated)
Molinari, Edoardo - 2009 Dunlop Phoenix, 2010 Barclays Scottish Open
Molinari, Francesco - No. 35 in OWGR as of 7/26/10
Moore, Ryan - 2009 Wyndham Championship
Noren, Alexander - 2009 Omega European Masters
Ogilvy, Geoff - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2010 SBS Championship
O'Hair, Sean - 2009 Presidents Cup
Oosthuizen, Louis - 2010 British Open
Otto, Hennie - 2010 Vodacom Championship (designated)
Palmer, Ryan - 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii
Perry, Kenny - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2008 Ryder Cup
Pettersson, Carl - 2010 RBC Canadian Open
Poulter, Ian - 2008 Ryder Cup, 2009 Barclays Singapore Open, 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
Quiros, Alvaro - No. 41 in OWGR as of 7/26/10
Rose, Justin - 2008 Ryder Cup, 2010 Memorial Tournament, 2010 AT&T National
Schwartzel, Charl - No. 28 in OWGR as of 7/26/10
Scott, Adam - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2009 Australian Open
Singh, Vijay - 2009 Presidents Cup
Slocum, Heath - 2009 The Barclays
Stenson, Henrik - 2008 Ryder Cup
Stricker, Steve - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2008 Ryder Cup, 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship, 2010 Northern Trust Open, 2010 John Deere Classic
Van Pelt, Bo - No. 48 in OWGR as of 7/26/10
Verplank, Scott - No. 47 in OWGR as of 7/26/10
Villegas, Camilo - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2010 Honda Classic
Watney, Nick - No. 32 in OWGR as of 7/26/10
Watson, Bubba - 2010 Travelers Championship
Weekley, Boo - 2008 Ryder Cup
Weir, Mike - 2009 Presidents Cup
Westwood, Lee - 2008 Ryder Cup, 2009 Portugal Masters, 2009 Dubai World Championship, 2010 St. Jude Classic
Wilson, Oliver - 2008 Ryder Cup
Woods, Tiger - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2009 WGC-Bridgestone, 2009 BMW Championship, 2009 JBWere Australian Masters
Yang, Y.E. - 2009 Presidents Cup, 2009 PGA Championship, 2010 Volvo China Open

In addition to players qualifying via the Official World Golf Ranking, the field will again include playing members of the last named Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams, winners of tournaments from around the world since the 2009 Bridgestone Invitational whose victories are considered official and have an Official World Golf Ranking strength of field rating of 115. Qualified players have until 5 p.m. ET, Friday, July 30, to officially commit. A complete list of players qualified as of now (Monday, July 26) follows below.