Flawless Pettersson grabs one-shot lead

Carl Pettersson had eight birdies to sit one shot clear of David Mathis and Tim Clark.

Carl Pettersson had eight birdies to sit one shot clear of David Mathis and Tim Clark.

NORTH CAROLINA - Swede Carl Pettersson, riding momentum from his good form at the PGA Championship, fired a flawless eight-under 62 for a one-shot lead after Thursday's opening round of the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

Pettersson, fresh off a tie for third at Kiawah Island in the year's last major, had eight birdies to sit one shot clear of American David Mathis and South African Tim Clark at Sedgefield Country Club.

"I started off the round good with two birdies in the first three holes and got me kind of straight back into the score mode from last week," said Pettersson.

"I hit it pretty good off the tee and hit my irons good and putted really well. It was a great day for me."

Americans Tom Gillis, Troy Matteson and Scott Stallings were tied in fourth place after shooting matching 64s in the final event before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin next week.

Defending champion Webb Simpson, who captured his first PGA title here last year, was among a group of 12 golfers sitting four shots off the pace.

Clark and Pettersson both played college golf for nearby North Carolina State and used their local knowledge to full effect at Sedgefield.

Pettersson, the 2008 champion of the event, opened on the back nine and rolled in a six foot birdie on the 11th to kick start his round.

He drained 17-foot birdie putts on the 12th and 16th holes before converting a shorter eight-foot try on the 18th to turn four under.