The 2012 PGA Tour season has been full of interesting story lines and exciting finishes. The RBC Heritage, being played April 12-15 at Harbour Town Golf Links, in Hilton Head, South Carolina, looks to continue this trend.
Carl Petterson is the 54-hole leader at 12-under par for the tournament. He will begin the final round one shot ahead of Colt Knost. The two PGA heavyweights will meet on the first tee at 1:55 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, at Harbour Town Golf Links, in Hilton Head, SC.
Carl Pettersson: A 34-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Pettersson is listed at 5'11", 195 lbs. A professional golfer since 2000, he last won on the PGA Tour at the 2010 RBC Canadian Open. In his PGA Tour career, Carl Pettersson has claimed four victories, and a total of 40 top 10 finishes in 272 events played. In the 2012 PGA Tour season, he has finished second twice (at the Sony Open and Shell Houston Open), and has earned more than $1 Million in eight Tour events played.
Pettersson opened the 2012 RBC Heritage with a 70 in the first round. He then made seven birdies in each of the second and third rounds, including five in a row beginning with the second hole in Saturday's third round. His scores of 65 and 66 have moved him into his current position, one shot ahead of Colt Knost.
Colt Knost: A 26-year-old native of Garrettsville, Ohio, at 5'9" and 215 lbs, Knost is the younger man by eight years. Since turning pro in 2007, he won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, but is still in search of his first victory on the PGA Tour. Colt Knost has only one top 10 finish (a tie for third at the 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic) in 69 events played during his PGA Tour career. In 2012 he has made the cut in six of eight events entered and has earned more than $300,000.
In the first two rounds of the 2012 RBC Heritage, Knost made only one bogey on his way to scores of 67 and 66, to be the 36-hole leader by two shots ahead of Pettersson. He continued his excellent play in the third round with three birdies and an eagle, but also suffered three bogeys, to put him in his current position one shot behind. With a victory, Colt Knost would join Kyle Stanley and John Huh as players to claim their first career PGA Tour wins in 2012.
Others: If Pettersson should struggle in the final round, Zach Johnson and Boo Weekley lead a group of five players who are beginning the day within six shots of the lead, including the defending champion from 2011, Brandt Snedeker.
Carl Pettersson and Colt Knost looked very comfortable playing together in the third round, each shooting scores in the 60's. I expect Sunday's final round to be more of the same, with the final outcome in doubt until the very end.
Harold Andrews has played golf for nearly 50 years (competitively and recreationally) and considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.
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