Playing this season on a Top 50 Career Money Exemption, World No. 901 Carl Pettersson enjoyed a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open to post 5-under 139, up 91 spots on the live leaderboard to T3, three back of clubhouse leader Bud Cauley.
The Swede is a 5-time TOUR winner in 410 career events, most recently at the 2012 RBC Heritage. This is his seventh VTO and after an opening 73, will improve to 4-for-7 and posted his best number here in 20 laps, previously 68 (x2). The North Carolina resident entered the week just 3-for-14 on the season, 206th in the FedExCup standings, and off four consecutive missed cuts, six in his last seven. He sleepwalked to a one-birdie two-bogey effort on Day 1 but lit it up in R2, silencing a lone bogey-5 at four (errant tee shot) with seven birdies at holes 1, 5, 6, 12, 14, 16 and 17, four from between 22 and 28 feet and also "saved" bogey from 12'2" at 18. The NC State product landed 14 greens in regulation and posted 1.500 putts per GIR and at last check, 4.840 SG: Putting.