HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S. CAROLINA | Intent on
taking the next step in his professional career
prior to the 2009 season, Carl Pettersson lost
30 pounds – and his golf swing.
He regained the weight the next year. “Drink
10 beers and eat a tub of ice cream before you
go to bed and it’ll put it back quick,” Pettersson
said. But he didn’t feel his game fully returned
until late last year.
It was vintage Pettersson at Harbour Town Golf
Links, winning the RBC Heritage by five strokes
over Zach Johnson for his fifth career victory.
“It’s fun playing again,” Pettersson said.
Pettersson has been one of the PGA Tour’s
steadiest players for a decade, despite the dip
in 2009 when he finished outside the top 125
on the money list. He goes about his business,
tends to keep to himself and when he finds his
groove, he can be very good.
His long-time buddy Tim Clark, who pre-
ceded Pettersson at N.C. State, said he saw his
friend’s game click into gear three weeks ago
at the Shell Houston Open. Pettersson finished
second there, spent Masters week at home in
Raleigh, N.C., and picked up at Harbour Town
and finished what he started in Houston.