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Golf Australia Express : Issue 32
tub of ice cream before you go to bed. That puts it on quickly,” he quips. It’s nice to see a player poke fun at himself when it comes to his weight. And when asked about his newly-acquired plaid jacket for winning at Harbour Town? “I've always wanted to win a jacket. And this is a great one. I think I've got a plaid vest at home, I wore it at Christmas one year. I don't know if it still fits. It might have been in '09.” Pettersson’s not the first to endure the cruel conundrum of health or success. Craig Stadler struggled with his swing after losing a ton of weight years ago, while many have speculated a similar thing’s to blame for former world No.1 David Duval drifting into golf’s wilderness. IT’S NOT SO MUCH that being overweight is good for your golf— there are more cons than pros for teeing off tubby. Rather, large fluctuations in weight can negatively affect your swing. And while the latest win was one for the plus- size golfer, it seems the athletes on Tour are still leading the way in 2012. Of this season’s winners, other than Pettersson, Phil Mickelson would be the pudgiest. It’s fair to say that while Lefty’s not the most ripped player out there, he’s hardly going to rip a sumo suit either. As Pettersson says, you don’t need to be fit to play golf at the highest level; just fit enough. “Ultimately it’s a hand- eye co-ordination sport,” he says. “Just because you don't look like an athlete doesn't mean you're not an athlete. “We're not running marathons; we’re just walking 18 holes. It’s great to be fit and everything, but I feel like I’m fit enough to get around 18 holes.” And to those who think Pettersson sends a bad message to kids out there considering taking up the game? Chins up. OTG Pettersson trimmed down in 2009 (left) only to lose his swing in the process. He regained his weight and became a PGA Tour winner again (right). PLAYER THE