Pettersson Wins RBC Heritage Going Away

Carl Pettersson fired a 2-under 69 to win the RBC Heritage. The $5.7 million PGA Tour event took place at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C. Pettersson finished at 14-under 270, five strokes ahead of runner-up Zach Johnson, who closed with a 70.

The 34-year-old Pettersson, a native of Sweden who now makes his home in Raleigh, N.C., began the final round with a one-shot edge over 36-hole leader Colt Knost.

But Knost quickly fell further behind after a bogey, birdie, triple-bogey start on his round. Though he made two more birdies to make the turn in 1-over 37, two bogeys in Knost's first three holes on the back nine were too much to overcome. He ended up with a 3-over 74.

Meanwhile, Pettersson got off to the opposite start as Knost with three birdies in his first five holes. Other than a bogey on the par-5 15th hole, the former North Carolina State star had pars the rest of the way to coast home with his fifth victory on the PGA Tour.

Knost ended up in solo third at 8-under 276, while another stroke back in fifth were Kevin Stadler (68) and Billy Mayfair (69). Matt Bettencourt (69) and two-time Heritage winner Boo Weekley (73) tied for sixth at 279.

Luke Donald needed to finish eighth or better to retain his No. 1 ranking over Rory McIlroy, who took the week off. But the 34-year-old Englishman never really got going at Harbour Town, shooting rounds of 75, 69, 71 and 71 to end up T-37 at 2-over 286. McIlroy will replace Donald in the top spot in the World Golf Ranking when it's released Monday morning.

Other scores included a 4-over 75 by defending champion Brandt Snedeker, which put him in a tie for 17th at 2-under 282. South Carolinian Tommy Gainey and Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson had Sundays to forget, with Gainey posting an 80 and Jacobson an 81.

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