Carl Pettersson ‘6 Inches’ From a 59
By Merf under PGA Tour

Ah, the disappointment of becoming the 15th 23rd player to shoot 60 on the PGA Tour instead of just the fifth to fire a 59.

Carl Pettersson made the cut at the Canadian Open on the number, and opened 1-over through four holes in his third round. But an eagle-birdie-eagle stretch turned his fortunes around, and by the 18th green, he was remarkably hunting a 59.

Pettersson’s birdie putt from 30 feet on the last hole burned the edge, forcing him to settle for a 10-under 60 at St. George’s in Toronto.

“I hit a good putt. I told myself, ‘You cannot leave this short. You got to give this a chance.’ And I hit a solid putt and it was just hovering right on the left side. … With 6 inches less pace it probably would have gone in.”

Good man. He didn’t leave it short. A valiant effort to cap off a special round, which vaulted Pettersson into a tie for second place at 11-under, four behind Dean Wilson, who shot his third straight 65.

“Obviously, I’m happy with the round, but I would have loved to have seen that putt go in,” said Pettersson, a three-time PGA Tour winner. “But that’s the way it goes. … It was just a thrill to have a chance to shoot a 59. How many more chances do you have to shoot 59? But I’m thrilled to shoot 60.”

Here is his crazy scorecard:

Something clicked for Pettersson, who hit every fairway and needed just 24 putts Saturday. Pettersson has twice shot 61 on the PGA Tour.

“I thought I was going to miss the cut yesterday,” Pettersson said. “We got finished with the round and it was right on the borderline. Me and Jay Williamson were actually watching the computer to see if we were going to make the cut, and had a few Canadian beers in there. That settled me down, I think. Maybe that’s what did it.”

Pettersson was so far off the lead that Tim Clark actually had time to root on his former North Carolina State teammate on the 18th hole before his tee time.

“He was standing watching me putt on 18, and we’re good friends, we went to school together,” said Pettersson, who is now tied with Clark. “I think he wanted to watch me play at 18, which was nice of him to come out.”

It looks like the CBS cameras didn’t catch Pettersson much earlier. Here are some clips from the 15th hole in:

Well played, sir. The course wasn’t so easy for first-round leader Brent Delahoussaye, who shot a 6-over 76 to tumble into a tie for 56th.

[AP Photo/David Cooper]