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Pettersson pushes into position early on Saturday

Posted on: August 20, 2011 12:46 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 2:19 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

GREENSBORO, NC -- For the most part, the Wyndham Championship's Saturday leaderboard is untouched as of noon -- per PGA custom, the leaders aren't teeing off until later. But Sweden's Carl Pettersson is 9-under at the turn after a strong showing on the front nine and pushing into himself into a tie for second.

What makes this interesting is that Pettersson got a fairly early start, teeing off at 10:54 a.m., which means he was able to take advantage of scoring conditions when the greens were soft in the morning.

Perhaps even more interesting: Petterson isn't just a former champ at Sedgefield (he won the 2008 Wyndham champ here), but he also played golf at NC State and actually lives in Greensboro. Needless to say, he's fairly familiar with the course and has a pretty strong local following.

Pettersson's 31 front-nine score was aided by an eagle at the par-5 fifth hole and birdies at the first and eighth holes.

Brendon de Jonge, another foreigner (Zimbabwe) who played at an ACC school (Virginia Tech), torched the front nine as well, shooting five under, but double-bogeyed the 13th after hitting in a greenside bunker and failing to even get up up-up-and down. (Yes, I just created the phrase; he needed two chips and two putts to finish the hole.)

He recovered to birdie 15, but given that a score of 20-under or thereabouts is likely to take the title here in Greensboro, the deceptively difficult 15th may have cost him any real shot at making a run on Sunday.

Pettersson, meanwhile, simply has to avoid making anything over par (easy enough, right?) and sneak out a few birdies on the back nine to put himself right back into contention in his hometown.

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