"I"m not your typical Swede" — Carl Pettersson Wins RBC Canadian Open

"You know, if you would have asked me Thursday if I was going to win, I would probably have laughed at you. I'd have thought, 'What, have you been driving seven beers?'"


Dean Wilson didn’t exactly fold, but Carl Pettersson did grab the final round of the RBC Canadian Open and hold on to take a 1-shot victory. In the media room, Pettersson was funny, self-deprecating and smart, making him a good champion for the tournament in my mind.

I’ll write a lot more about this tomorrow — including a round-up of the media. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this exchange from Pettersson talking about how he barely made the cut:

Q. Friday night when you and Jay Williamson were drinking those Canadian beers thinking you’d probably missed the cut, long way to come to here.
CARL PETTERSSON: Well, we knew we had a chance because there’s a computer in the locker room. So we had all the scenarios. You can do it play by play, and we had all the guys coming in.
Right when I finished I thought I had missed. I made a 10-footer to stay at 1-under on 18. And I was tied for 71st; and then I spoke to Johnny, the PGA official that does the scoring, and asked him what he thinks. He goes, it’s 50/50 because there’s a few guys still out there at 2-under.
And I walked in the locker room and Jay Williamson had all the scenarios written out, and he’s like, grab a beer. Before you know it I’d had seven beers (laughs). Made the cut. And my caddy had to drive me home. I wasn’t in that bad of shape, but I didn’t want to drive. I can usually handle seven beers.

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