Carl Pettersson was born on this day in 1977. A Swedish professional golfer who is a member of the PGA Tour. He has won five times on the PGA Tour, making him Sweden’s joint most successful player alongside Jesper Parnevik. Pettersson carries dual citizenship after having become an American citizen in January 2012.
Pettersson won a European Tour card at Qualifying School in 2000 and played the European Tour in 2001 and 2002, winning the 2002 Algarve Open de Portugal. In late 2002 he won a place on the US based PGA Tour at Qualifying School and he has played mainly in America since then. His first PGA Tour title was the 2005 Chrysler Championship, where he became the third Swede to win on the PGA Tour after Jesper Parnevik and Gabriel Hjertstedt.
On 4 June 2006, Pettersson won his second PGA Tour title, the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village. He finished at twelve under par, two strokes ahead of the field.
On 17 August 2008, Pettersson holed a closing 12 inch putt for a two stroke victory in his adopted hometown of Greensboro to win the Wyndham Championship.
After finding success on the PGA Tour, Pettersson experienced a lackluster year in 2009, where in one stretch out of 15 tournaments he had 10 missed cuts and 2 withdrawals. Pettersson cited his change in his lifestyle. His new lifestyle of working out and reducing his diet resulted in a loss of 30 pounds and a decline in his golf. He reverted to his original lifestyle later that year and regained success.
On 25 July 2010, Pettersson won his fourth PGA Tour event at the RBC Canadian Open by one stroke over Dean Wilson. Pettersson made a 9 foot par putt on Friday to make the cut. He shot 60 on Saturday and a birdie putt for 59 lipped out on 18, which put him in the final pairing on Sunday. He shot 67 on Sunday to win by one stroke.
Pettersson won for the fifth time on the PGA Tour in April 2012 at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. He entered the final round with a one stroke lead after rounds of 65 and 66 on days two and three and cruised to a five stroke victory, holding off Zach Johnson. The win tied Pettersson with Jesper Parnevik for most wins on the PGA Tour by a Swedish player. He re-entered the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Pettersson opened up the 2012 PGA Championship with a bogey free round of 66 to lead after round one at six-under-par. On a much harder day for scoring with strong winds, Pettersson shot a two-over round of 74, which included three birdies and five bogeys. He held the lead at the midway stage with Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh at four-under-par. In the third round, he shot an even-par round of 72 to enter the final round in second place, three strokes behind Rory McIlroy. For the first time in his career he played in the final group of a major championship. He shot another even-par round, despite incurring a two stroke penalty for grounding his club in a hazard at the first hole and ended in a tie for third place, his best finish in a major.