Carl Pettersson won his fifth PGA Tour event Sunday when he captured the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, and the common-man fan had to love his comments after the tournament.
Pettersson shot a final round two-under-par 69 to beat Zach Johnson by five strokes, then cracked that the key to his win was his diet: "Ten beers and a tub of ice cream before bed."
Pettersson tried a stricter approach to fitness a few years ago, and although he lost weight, his game suffered. So he went back to his old ways, and his performance improved.
"It took a while to get the swing back," said Pettersson, who is listed at 5-11 and 195 pounds. "'08 I had a good year. I won Greensboro that year. I was trying to figure out what I was going to do to get to the next level and fitness, and I really started working out and eating better, and I lost 30 pounds very quickly. That was during the offseason, and it really threw my golf game. '09 I played terrible. I finished 150 something on the money list."
Although many golfers followed Tiger Woods' approach of spending more time in the gym, Pettersson isn't convinced that's the way to go.
"Well, ultimately it's a hand-eye coordination sport," he said. "Just because you don't look like an athlete doesn't mean you're not an athlete. We're not running marathons here. We're just walking 18 holes. Maybe some of these guys are overdoing it. It's great to be fit and everything, but I feel like I'm fit enough to get around 18 holes."
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