Clark, Pettersson Back at Muirfield for The Open Championship
July 17, 2013
PGA TOUR veterans and NC State golf legends Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson embark on the 142nd playing of The Open Championship this week in Scotland. Muirfield will host the event for the 16th time, most recently in 2002.
Pettersson was tied for the lead after round one in 2002 after a 4-under 67. He was T6 through 36 holes after a second round 70, before finishing tied for 43rd. Clark missed the cut.
In eight previous Open Championships, Clark's best finish is T23 in 2005 at St. Andrews, one of just two cuts he has made in the world's oldest major.
Meanwhile, Pettersson has made five cuts in six trips to The Open Championship. That includes a T8 in 2006 at Hoylake and was T23 last year at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.
Pettersson has been in the headlines this week with news that he will use a short putter at Muirfield after experimenting with a shorter putter last weekend at the John Deere Classic.
Both former NC State golfers have used long putters going back before their days with the Wolfpack. You can read here and here about why Pettersson decided on the change, during of all weeks, at a major championship.