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In the opening round of the Wyndham Championship from Sedgefield Country Club, Carl Pettersson leads by one shot at -8 under par with his opening effort of 62, his best round ever in his PGA career. If you were wondering if Carl had the benefit of any members bounces during the day you would be right, he a fully paid up member of the Sedgefield club. When reminded of this fact Carl said;
“ That’s right, I am a member, I forgot. This game is very streaky, we get on a good run, you’ve got to keep going and it seems like when you’re playing well, you never think you’re going to play bad. When you’re playing bad, you never think you’re going to play well.”
Carl was the 2008 Wyndham Championship winner, and he picked up right from where he left off at last week’s PGA Championship, in superb style. Not only is he a past champion of the event, but as a youth, he grew up and attended high school at Grimsley in Greensboro. Carl also active on the Board of Directors at Sedgefield Country Club.
David Mathis and Tim Clark are one stroke behind at -7 under par, with both players being bogey free on their opening rounds. Tim said he was trying to keep pace with Carl;
“I’ve got to keep pace with Carl, when he goes low, he really goes low. If I’m able to hang in there, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
David has had just one top-10 finish this year, and arrived at this tournament down at 136 on the FedEx Cup points list, and in the top 125 qualify for The Barclays.
David had three straight birdies on Nos. 13-15 to move to -7 under par before closing his round with three pars. he said he was not trying to think about his lowly position;
“I tried not to think about it, but it’s really difficult not to think about because it’s such a big part of the year. Your life can change really quick in the FedEx Cup if you play well.”
It will be interesting tomorrow to see if these three guys can remain at the top of the leaderboard, there is still a long way to go in this tournament.