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John Peterson |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165
College: LSU

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John Peterson is listed in the published field of this week's Valero Texas Open.
Peterson recently packed up his Twitter bags and deleted his account. It's perhaps an indication that he has realigned his priorities and is ready to refocus on his golf game. The young LSU alumnus is certainly someone to watch closely over the next few months. Mar 25 - 2:45 PM

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John Peterson settled for a 5-over-par 33-42=75 in his opening round of The Honda Classic.

We don't see too many nine-hole splits like that. He went bogey-free 2-under on the front with birdies at 3 and 4, the latter measuring 20'7". He also poured in a par save from 11'4" at the par-3 seventh to keep the momentum alive. Peterson then went 0-for-6 in scrambling on the inward side, squaring five bogeys and a double. If it matters, his bogey at the par-5 18th featured a rinsed approach and a conversion from 21'11" to avoid a double. The first-time PGA TOUR member then went to Twitter to share his thoughts, writing, "Tough back nine to swallow. Feel like I'm playing good. Tough, tough game. ��" (That's a fist icon.) He was in our crosshairs today after getting disqualified at the Northern Trust Open for failing to get to the course for the restart that Friday morning. He cited illness but didn't officially withdraw first.
Feb 27 - 7:30 PM

John Peterson is listed in the published field of next week's Honda Classic.

Peterson was disqualified from last week's Northern Trust Open when he failed to arrive on the tee for his second round. He acknowledged later that he was dealing with an illness, but that it evolved into a DQ instead of a withdrawal was unusual. Only two of his four paydays in nine starts this season are top 60s. That's a far cry from the expectations he laid out when he finished atop the Tour Finals money list.
Feb 21 - 6:21 PM

John Peterson elected not to complete his opening round of the Northern Trust Open this morning and has been disqualified.

Peterson wasn't on site for the 7:30 a.m. restart. He was 4-over-par through 17 holes at the time. Shortly after his DQ was announced, he explained to his followers on Twitter why he didn't show: "Couldn't make it to the track this morning. Been feeling bad since Wednesday and ran a fever all night." This drops him to 4-for-9 on the season. He has only two top-60 finishes.
Feb 14 - 10:55 AM

John Peterson lit up Waialae Country Club for a blemish-free 5-under-par 31-34=65 and takes the lead in the Sony Open clubhouse at 8-under 202.

The brash young player out of LSU has been brimming with confidence during his budding professional career, and now finds himself one hot round away from becoming a PGA TOUR winner. Saturday's third round included six birdies and 12 pars, with the biggest highlight coming with a holed bunker shot for birdie on the par-4 opening hole. It was his only birdie of the round from outside seven feet. None of his stats were all that eye popping on the day, in fact he split just four of 14 fairways, but he had a knack for getting the ball in the hole quicker than most.
Jan 11 - 5:27 PM

John Peterson led the Tour Finals money list, allowing him full exemption for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR schedule including THE PLAYERS.

With starts hard to come by for grads early in 2013-14, being exempt from reshuffles is a big deal for the LSU product. For those unfamiliar with him, it won't take long for his confidence to become evident. While there are some notable differences between him and Jordan Spieth, specifically their paths to the TOUR, Peterson could be considered to be on the short list of young players to have a season that could rival the breakthrough status of a Spieth or Billy Horschel in 2013-14. With three starts under his belt in the Fall Series, Peterson made just one cut that went for a T21 at the Open.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 03:17:00 PM

John Peterson posted a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in his opening round of the Open, finishing four strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Arguably the hottest golfer in the field thanks to five consecutive top fives and finishing first in earnings at the Tour Finals, Peterson is a popular investment these days, and rightfully so. He opened and closed today's trot around CordeValle with three bogeys, but picked off an eagle and four birdies. The eagle disappeared from 12'2" at the par-5 12th hole. It's a distance from which he converted again, this time for birdie at 18. His longest par breaker occurred at the par-4 first where his attempt from off the green nine yards away dropped in.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 05:37:00 PM

John Peterson finished inside the top five in each of the four events in the Tour Finals and finishes first on that four-tournament money list.

He began with a T5 at the Hotel Fitness Championship, then tied for third at the Chiquita Classic, was alone in third at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and shared second at the Tour Championship. Finishing first on the money list is significant due to the spoils of that success. He is fully exempt from reshuffles on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR and is also exempt into THE PLAYERS in 2014. Known for his confidence, expect him to make plenty of noise on TOUR in 2013-14.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 08:08:00 PM

John Peterson signed for a 5-under-par 36-31=67 in the third round of the Chiquita Classic and shares the 54-hole lead with Andrew Svoboda at 10-under 206.

Peterson narrowly missed securing his PGA TOUR card in the Tour regular season, but seems destined not to miss his chance in the playoffs. He entered the week sixth on the playoff money list and would likely move to first with a win on Sunday. His third lap around River Run Country Club included six birdies to just one bogey and saw him land 15 GIR.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 08:38:00 PM

John Peterson spun a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the first round of the United Leasing Championship to share the lead with Patrick Sheehan.

The LSU product has spent his share of time bouncing between the Tour, while picking up starts on the PGA TOUR. He opened his first round at Victoria National Golf Club in Indiana with seven birdies on his first 17 holes before dropping his only shot of the day on the 18th hole. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 15 GIR in his round. Should he go the distance and pick up his first Tour win, it would likely lock up his 2013-14 PGA TOUR card.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 09:43:00 PM

John Peterson carded a 6-under-par 34-30=64 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, finishing two strokes off the overnight lead.

As we relayed in recent weeks, Peterson grew up on Colonial. That undoubtedly played a role in him receiving a sponsor exemption into the tournament. Today he fulfilled our expectations, hitting 15 greens and curling in seven birdies against a bogey-6 at the 11th hole. Four of his birdies dropped in from 12'3"-14'0". He's a non-member but he has fantasy value in most formats. While he splits time on the Tour, he's already exempt into the U.S. Open, and don't be surprised if he pops up in another field or two on the PGA TOUR down the stretch.
Thu, May 23, 2013 07:37:00 PM

John Peterson has been added to the published field of this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

This merely confirms what Peterson acknowledged on Twitter last night, which we relayed to you at the time. He earned his way into the field at Quail Hollow by virtue of his top 10 in New Orleans (T8). He's now accumulated 82 non-member FedExCup points. That would slot him T164 among all golfers. Those finishing 126-200, including non-members, are exempt into the Tour Finals. After the WFC, Peterson is already booked for starts at Colonial and the U.S. Open.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 10:36:00 AM

John Peterson polished off a big week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a 5-under-par 36-31=67 and could have a decision to make as to where he plays later this week.

Peterson played this week in his home state on a sponsor exemption, and his 13-under 275 final tally has a shot of hanging on for a top 10. He reached that number with birdies on each of his last three holes. We reported earlier this week that he would focus his efforts on the Tour after this week as a means to earning a 2013-2014 TOUR card, but a top 10 this week would earn him entry into the Wells Fargo Championship. Stayed tuned to see if he changes his plans. UPDATE: Indeed, per his Twitter page, Peterson will be accepting the top-10 exemption into the field at Quail Hollow.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 04:35:00 PM

In an interview on "Talk of the TOUR" today, John Peterson acknowledged that he'll be exhausting his opportunities to secure a 2013-14 PGA TOUR card via the Tour.

"I’m going to play [the Zurich Classic of New Orleans] because it’s my home town. I love the people around here," said Peterson, who played collegiately at Louisiana State University and received a sponsor exemption into this week's PGA TOUR stop. "But for the rest of the year, I have to focus my time on the Tour just because you’ve got to get your [PGA TOUR] card, and that’s my best way to do it this year, barring a win or a top three here this week." As we relayed last Thursday, Peterson also has an exemption into the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on May 23-26, and he's already in the U.S. Open, but gamers can't rely on other appearances via sponsor exemptions, top 10s and open qualifying. Ride his game when you can, but keep him on a short leash.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 08:25:00 PM

John Peterson will tee it up in next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The PGA TOUR non-member finished second-to-last of the 61 that cashed at last week's Masters. He's also exempt into the U.S. Open and informed our Rob Bolton on Twitter that he'll tee it up at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in late May, adding that he "grew up on the course." Peterson doesn't have any long-range value but he could be a cheap, dynamic investment when he plays.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 02:47:00 PM