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McCarron's bogey on the 17th all but locked up Pettersson's first victory since the 2006 Memorial. Among those joining in the celebration were North Carolina State coach Richard Sykes and former Wolfpack teammate Tim Clark, who tied for sixth.
Pettersson is a Swede who moved to Greensboro as a teen, played at N.C. State, lives a 90-minute drive away in Raleigh and serves on the tournament's board.
"It will be a great satisfaction just to think about, you know, pulled it off and did it and it's a wonderful feeling," Pettersson said. "Doesn't happen that often in golf unless you're Tiger Woods."
McCarron -- who had used two early birdies to erase the two-stroke lead that Pettersson brought into the round -- was denied his fourth career victory and first since 2001. It was the second top-10 finish of the year for the PGA Tour veteran who sat out the 2007 season after having surgery to repair a tendon in his right elbow.
"Second place is obviously tough to swallow right now, but I'll probably be pretty happy here when I realize I've got a job for the rest of the year," McCarron said.
Beem and Henry both finished strong and propelled themselves off the FedEx Cup bubble and into the playoffs, which begin later this week at The Barclays.
"I knew I had to play my butt off just to make it up there," Beem said. "I didn't want to have four weeks off, you know, and I'm glad at least I got into the first one."
Beem had birdies on four of his last six holes, jumping 52 spots to 114th, while Henry, who birdied four of his final five holes, moved up 42 spots to 135th. Laird, who shared the first-day lead with Bob Heintz before falling off the pace, wound up jumping 36 spots to 128th.
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