N.C. State alums Pettersson and Clark go low on Day 1 at the Wyndham
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N.C. State alums Pettersson and Clark go low on Day 1 at the Wyndham

A pair of N.C. State alums moved like a wolfpack toward the top of the leaderboard on Thursday at the Wyndham Championship.

Carl Pettersson went out in the morning wave at Sedgefield C.C. and set the pace with a bogey-free 62 for an 8-under round that would hold up as the lead after the first round.

Coming off a T-3 finish at the PGA Championship, a career-best performance in a major, Pettersson followed up with the lowest first round of his PGA Tour career - at a club where he is a member.

Already a winner this season at Harbour Town, Pettersson is going for a Carolina double and is riding the wave from Kiawah Island.

"We get on a good run you got to keep going and seems like when you're playing well you never think you're going to play bad," he said. "When you're playing bad you never think you're going to play well. For sure, I think it is a very streaky game.  Once you get on a streak you got to take advantage of it and, you know, put the pedal down and go for it."

Hours later, Tim Clark, who roomed with the Swede at the Raleigh, N.C., school, then nearly matched the lead. Clark shot 63 to card his best-ever round in the tournament. He is tied with David Mathis for a share of second place at 7 under par.

"After Carl went out there this morning, I couldn't let him get out of sight," Clark told Golf Channel after the round.

A trio of players are on their heels, including True South Classic winner Scott Stallings, Troy Matteson and Tom Gillis.

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