Aug. 12, 2012
Carl Pettersson Interview
Kiawah Island, S.C. - Carl Pettersson capped his best career showing at a major championship on Sunday by finishing tied for third at 4-under-par at the PGA Championship at The Ocean Course.
The former NC State star and five-time PGA TOUR winner shot back-to-back weekend rounds of even-par 72 to tie with Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and defending champion Keegan Bradley.
Rory McIlroy won by eight strokes for his second career major, and David Lynn was second at 5-under-par.
Pettersson got off to an auspicous start with a double bogey at the first hole of Sunday's final round.
Pettersson hit his tee shot into the lateral water hazard to the right of the fairway. Before making the stroke, he asked the walking official if he was allowed to touch grass, in the hazard, with his club, prior to the stroke.
Pettersson was correctly informed that he could do so, provided that he did not ground the club in the hazard. In making his backswing, Pettersson’s club brushed the grass behind the ball (not a breach) and at the same time moved a leaf (loose impediment), in breach of the Rule.
Pettersson was immediately notified that there may have been a breach of Rule 13-4c, and that the stroke to be reviewed on video for confirmation.
PGA Rules Chairman, David Price, reviewed the stroke on video and confirmed that a loose impediment was moved during Pettersson’s backswing.
Pettersson was notified of the penalty as he left the fourth tee. His score for the par-4 first hole was a 6.
He rallied with birdies at Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 7 to make a charge toward the lead, but McIlroy finished with a 66 on Sunday to leave zero doubt who would win at the challenging track by the sea.
Tim Clark had his best round of the tournament with a three-under 69 on Sunday to finish at -2 and in a tie for 11th. He notched six birdies on his final round.
Pettersson earned a check for $384,500, while Clark made $143,286.