This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
April 18-21


Harbour Town Golf Links


(Par 71/7,101 yards) Hilton Head, South Carolina


RBC HERITAGE


2012 champion Carl Pettersson wearing the traditional winner’s plaid jacket and holding the RBC Heritage trophy.


AT A TIME WHEN PLAYERS on the PGA TOUR are paying admirable attention to their health and fitness, Carl Pettersson is a throwback, channeling the physiques of guys like Porky Oliver, Julius Boros and Billy Casper, who had long since said goodbye to a 32-inch waist before they ever came on TOUR. Couch potatoes of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your starvation diets! Pettersson, 34, fired a 2-under-par 69 to win the RBC Heritage by a generous five strokes over Zach Johnson and unlike so many of his fellow TOUR members, he did not credit his win to his Spartan diet and love of the fitness trailers—something he once tried, which led to the loss of 30 pounds and, for all intents and purposes, the edge on his golf game. “Ultimately, just because you don’t look like an athlete doesn’t mean you’re not an athlete,” said Pettersson, whose victory was his fifth on TOUR. “We’re not running a marathon out here, we’re walking 18 holes.”


168 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013


“Ultimately, just because you don’t look


like an athlete doesn’t mean you’re not an athlete. We’re not running a marathon out here, we’re walking 18 holes.”


– Carl Pettersson


Beginning in 2009, Pettersson committed himself to a fitness and weight-loss program and then thought better of it and set to work to rediscover the body that worked best for him and his game. It wasn’t rocket science. “Well, you drink 10 beers and eat a tub of ice cream before bed,” Pettersson said. “That puts it on quickly. “It’s fun to play again and I kept the weight on,” he added.


PETTERSSON HAS FAST START Pettersson, who came in second in the Shell Houston Open two weeks before, ran in a 24-footer on the opening hole for a birdie. He added another birdie, from 16 feet on the par-3 fourth hole and when Johnson bogeyed No. 10, Pettersson had a five-stroke lead and never looked back. “I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself, so I kind of downplayed the whole thing,” he said. “But getting off to a birdie on one was great. I like all the holes. I didn’t have one hole on the front nine where I felt awkward over the tee shot or second shot.” Johnson, four strokes behind Pettersson after three rounds, made a run with birdies on Nos. 2, 4 and 5 and closed to within three of Pettersson with a birdie on No. 15 and Pettersson followed with a bogey. But Johnson’s hopes crashed when he drove into a waste bunker on No. 16 and made a bogey. “There were a couple of bumps along the


www.pgatour.com


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152  |  Page 153  |  Page 154  |  Page 155  |  Page 156  |  Page 157  |  Page 158  |  Page 159  |  Page 160  |  Page 161  |  Page 162  |  Page 163  |  Page 164  |  Page 165  |  Page 166  |  Page 167  |  Page 168  |  Page 169  |  Page 170  |  Page 171  |  Page 172  |  Page 173  |  Page 174  |  Page 175  |  Page 176  |  Page 177  |  Page 178  |  Page 179  |  Page 180  |  Page 181  |  Page 182  |  Page 183  |  Page 184  |  Page 185  |  Page 186  |  Page 187  |  Page 188  |  Page 189  |  Page 190  |  Page 191  |  Page 192  |  Page 193  |  Page 194  |  Page 195  |  Page 196