Pettersson (61) is right at home
Carl Pettersson supported moving the Wyndham Championship to Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. After a performance like this, it’s easy to see why.
The local favorite produced the latest record-breaking round at Sedgefield, shooting a tournament-record 61 on Friday to match the PGA Tour’s 36-hole mark at 15-under-par 125.
He had a three-stroke lead over Garrett Willis (64). Scott McCarron (64) was four strokes back, and Kevin Streelman (64) was another shot behind. Jerry Kelly (65), Bob Sowards (66) and Tim Clark (67) were nine under.
But the day belonged to Pettersson, who went to high school in Greensboro, played collegiately at North Carolina State and serves on the tournament’s board of directors.
In matching the lowest single-round score on the PGA Tour this year, Pettersson shot a 30 through his opening nine holes.
Six of his 11 birdies came on the front nine, and he set the tone with birdies on the first three holes.
Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a four-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the Canadian Women’s Open at Ottawa.
Ochoa, the winner last year at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton, was at 10-under 134.
Katherine Hull matched the course record with a 65 to join Yani Tseng, the McDonald’s LPGA Championship winner, at eight under. Tseng was six under through 10 holes when play was suspended because of hail and rain.
None of the afternoon starters was able to finish the round.
Michelle Wie, using the last of her six 2008 LPGA Tour sponsor exemptions, followed her opening 75 with a 70 to finish at one over, putting herself in position to make the cut.
Bernhard Langer shot a six-under 66 in 100-degree heat at Sunriver, Ore., for a share of the second-round lead with Tim Simpson in the JELD-WEN Tradition, the fourth of the five Champions Tour majors.
Langer and Simpson were at 10-under 134. Simpson shot a second consecutive 67 despite hip and back problems that he said could jeopardize the rest of the tournament for him.
Fred Funk (66), Jay Haas (68) and Mike Goodes (68) were a stroke back, and Tom Watson (64) followed at eight under.
Defending champion Eduardo Romero, the U.S. Senior Open winner, was five under after a 65.
After finishing the front nine in 33, Langer put his extra-long putter to work, rolling in birdies on 10, 11, 12 and 13.