Gerry Broome/AP/Press Association Images Carl Pettersson watches a tee shot from the 16th tee during the first round of the Wyndham Championship.
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Carl Pettersson carries form into Wyndham Championship
The Swede has continued to look impressive after an eye-catching display at the US PGA Championship.

CARL PETTERSSON PICKED up where he left off at last week’s US PGA Championship to take the first-round lead at the Wyndham Championship.

The Swede was in contention for a maiden major title heading into the final round at Kiawah Island until Rory McIlroy blew the field away with a final-round masterclass and eight-stroke win, with the Pettersson finishing tied for third.

Pettersson maintained his impressive form to fire an eight-under 62 at the Sedgefield Country Club and lead by one shot from David Mathis and Tim Clark.

Pettersson hit a purple patch toward the end of his front nine, rolling in four straight birdies before four more on the run in rounded out a bogey-free round that keeps him on track for a second PGA Tour win this season.

Local hope Mathis and South African Clark also carded blemish-free rounds in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Americans Tom Gillis and Scott Stallings both managed opening-round 64s to sit two shots off the lead, while compatriot Matt Every is in outright seventh at five under.

A chasing pack of 11 players, including reigning champion Webb Simpson and Ryder Cup hopeful Nick Watney, share eighth place a shot further back.

The likes of Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel are on three under.

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