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Carl Pettersson Cruises to Easy Victory at RBC Heritage: A Fan’s Take
In the "Battle of the Bigs," Carl Pettersson was able to out-duel Colt Knost for the RBC Heritage title on April 15. Pettersson got off to a fast start on Sunday, with three birdies over his first five holes, and never looked back after that for his fifth career PGA title.
Colt Knost was closest to him to begin the day, but fell off of the map after an eventful first three holes. Knost hit a poor tee shot on the first hole that led to an opening bogey, but then was able to get it back on the second hole for a birdie. However, on the third hole he hit a terrible tee shot that went far left of the fairway and deep into the woods. He was able to find it, but eventually came out of the hole with a triple bogey seven. I have to give Knost some credit, though, as he clawed his way back by going two under over the next six holes. Unfortunately, after that stretch he bogeyed two out of his next three holes (10 and 12), and never really recovered after that.
Pettersson started off the 2012 PGA Tour season well with a T2 finish at the Sony Open, and made the next four cuts after that. For some reason or another, he became wildly inconsistent over his next two starts, missing the cuts at the Transitions Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational. Carl has since returned with a vengeance, finishing second at the Shell Houston Open and winning this week's tournament. He may not be one of the fittest players on Tour (to put it lightly), but he gets the job done with solid iron play and great putting, and it showed at the RBC Heritage with 70% of greens hit in regulation (GIR) and 1.6 putts per GIR.
Zach Johnson finished second in the event, five shots back, after shooting a final round 70. He now has ten cuts made in ten starts on the PGA Tour this year, and I think he will get a win sooner or later. Luke Donald finished at +2 overall for the event, with his two main problems being his iron play and putting. Lastly, Camilo Villegas withdrew from the event after shooting a first round 79. It is truly shocking to me to see how Villegas' game has completely collapsed in only two years since his victory at the Honda Classic. His stats on the year aren't terrible by any means, which to me indicates that it is a confidence problem more than anything else. As all golfers know, when you have a lack of confidence out on the golf course it affects the entire game, and hopefully he can get things turned around.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
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