June 13, 2012
Former NC State All-Americans and current PGA TOUR veterans Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson are in the field at the 2012 U.S. Open Championship at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Clark is in the field of 156 players by virtue of his win at the 2010 Players Championship, while Pettersson was among the top 60 golfers in the world rankings on May 21.
Clark will tee off Thursday from No. 1 at 11:43 a.m. ET, with Rod Pampling and Toru Taniguchi.
Making his ninth U.S. Open appearance, Clark has made the cut the last four times he has competed from 2007-10. His best finish was a T3rd in 2005 at Pinehurst No. 2, and has three top-20's in all.
The South African suffered through an injury-plagued 2011 season that cut his tour season to just four events. This year he will play in his 10th tournament this weekend, and has made four cuts and finished in the top 25 on two occasions.
He ranks 43rd in career earnings on the PGA TOUR with over $18 million. His best finish in 2012 so far is a T19th at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Pettersson is starting at No. 10 at 11:06 a.m. ET, with Charles Howell III and 2011 Master's champion Charl Schwartzel.
The native of Sweden has been busy this year on tour, playing in 15 events and has made 10 cuts. He won the RBC Heritage in April for his fifth career victory, and has finished second on two other occasions in 2012.
Pettersson ranks ninth in FedExCup points and is up to No. 37 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Pettersson makes his sixth appearance in a U.S. Open, but his first since 2009. His best finish is a T6th in 2008 at Torrey Pines and has a pair of top-20 finishes.
Oddly enough, right behind Clark in PGA TOUR career earnings is Pettersson, who comes in 44th and about 100K less than Clark.