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Pettersson almost had all the glory

Updated: July 19, 2002, 12:56 AM ET
Reuters

GULLANE, Scotland -- A dropped shot on the last hole cost Carl Pettersson the sole first-round lead in the British Open, but the Swedish outsider was in no mood to complain.

The 24-year-old with the muscular swing had seemed set for overnight glory after he thumped a 2-iron a massive 275 yards into the 17th green en route to his sixth birdie.

It moved him to 5-under par, a mark nobody else had reached during the previous 13 hours of play at a sunny Muirfield.

But Pettersson, ...

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