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Pettersson's win is homegrown

August 18, 2008|From the Associated Press

Carl Pettersson won his hometown event for his first PGA Tour victory in two years, shooting a two-under-par 68 Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

The local favorite, former North Carolina State player and member of the tournament's board had three birdies during a four-hole stretch on the back nine, finished at 21-under 259 and earned $918,000.

Scott McCarron, who briefly led midway through the final round, shot a 68 and finished second. Rich Beem's second consecutive 63 left him four strokes off the lead, with J.J. Henry (62) and rookie Martin Laird (63) another shot behind.

But there was never any question that the last day of the PGA Tour's final pre-playoff event was anything but a two-man showdown, with Pettersson making his move immediately after he slipped out of the lead for the first time since early in the second round, when he shot a tournament-record 61.

Pettersson began the back nine with consecutive bogeys and fell one stroke back to 19 under when he missed an eight-foot par putt on the 11th.

But McCarron gave the stroke back on the next hole, missing a 13-foot birdie putt, lipping out a four-foot par attempt and recording only his second bogey of the tournament.

Pettersson birdied the 13th for a one-stroke lead, then went back up by two shots with a birdie on the par-five 15th -- the easiest hole on the course for everyone but him, after two bogeys and a par on it. This time it was McCarron's turn for trouble; he sent his second shot into the sand, recovered and lipped out an eight-foot birdie putt.

McCarron's bogey on the 17th all but locked up Pettersson's first victory since the 2006 Memorial.

Beem and Henry each finished strong and propelled themselves off the FedEx Cup bubble and into the playoffs, which begin later this week at the Barclays in Paramus, N.J.

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Australia's Katherine Hull won the Canadian Women's Open for her first LPGA Tour title, taking advantage of Yani Tseng's final-round meltdown for a one-stroke victory in Ottawa.

The 26-year-old Hull, six strokes behind Tseng at the start of the round, shot a three-under 69 to finish at 11-under 277. Se Ri Pak closed with a 72 to finish second, and Tseng's 77 left her two strokes behind at nine under.

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Fred Funk won the JELD-WEN Tradition for his first Champions Tour major, closing with a three-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Mike Goodes at the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Ore.

The 52-year-old Funk, also the winner of the season-opening MasterCard Championship in Hawaii, had a 19-under 269 total. He shot a bogey-free 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Jay Haas into the final round.

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