Published on May 09, 2018

One Raleigh golfer's good fortune opens door for another



On a balmy Wednesday morning, Carl Pettersson wandered a few hundred yards from home to put himself in the slightly awkward position of promoting a golf tournament he knew he wasn't going to play.

The original plan was for Pettersson to drop down to the Tour and play the REX Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation as one of a dozen or so tournaments in what is otherwise a year off for Pettersson, who lost his full-time PGA Tour card after last season and decided to take a break. A Wakefield resident since 2001, Pettersson was looking forward to playing a tournament on his home course, right up until the Memorial, a tournament Pettersson won in 2006 and played the same week as the REX Hospital Open, May 31-June 3, called to offer an exemption.

When Jack Nicklaus asks, you don't say no. So, rain check on the REX Hospital Open?

“Unfortunately, I won't be playing this year,” Pettersson said. “I was really looking forward to playing in the REX Hospital Open and on my home golf course, which would have been great. Fortunately for me, I'll be at Muirfield.”