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First-round Wells Fargo Championship leader, John Peterson is ready to retire

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Order the cake. You can start planning John Peterson’s retirement party. Maybe.

What? Why is the 29-year-old former all-American at LSU ready to walk away from the game?

Peterson, who opened the Wells Fargo Championship with a 6-under 65, is playing on a major medical extension. Earlier this year, he said he was considering retiring, should he not clear he earnings hurdle to retain his status.

Leading the Wells Fargo at the first round, Peterson is still of the same mind.

“I’m kind of freewheeling it at this point…I know a little bit has been said about me retiring if I don’t make the necessary money for my medical starts, and all that’s true. If I don’t make it, I’m not playing golf anymore.”

He says the Tour life simply isn’t for him.

“I just don’t enjoy the travel out here very much,” he explained. “I don’t like it at all, honestly. … Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it out here. They treat you great every week. You have nothing to worry about. I like it a lot out here. I just kind of want to be a dad and like be around my kid and my family more often, even though, yeah, they’re here this week, but they can’t come every week. Thirty-five weeks on the road a year or so? It’s just not for me.”

Peterson is keen to spend more time with his wife and child in Texas.

“They want to see more of me around Fort Worth, I want to see more of them. It’s a great life out here. It’s a great life out here, if you like the lifestyle.”

Clearly, Peterson does not.

In his next three events, Peterson needs either 237 FedExCup points or $318,096 to retain his card. A two-way tie for second or a three way tie for fourth or better would get Peterson to that point.

While it might not seem like he particularly wants that outcome, Peterson insists he’s going to do everything he can to win the tournament.

“But if it doesn’t happen – whatever, you know? I’ve got everything in place. Either way is fine with me,” he says.

Is JP onto something? Plenty of self-help gurus espouse the virtues of “detaching from outcomes” and the benefits of playing loose and carefree.

While the Tour life is much more lucrative than it once was, and much less of a grind than it was in the days when the boys were driving from tournament to tournament on provincial highways in beat up Buicks, it’s a grind nevertheless.

What do you think about his attitude, GolfWRX members?

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  1. 3PuttPar

    May 4, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Understandably, the life style isn’t for everyone. But there’s a lot of guys out there that love the life style and are doing everything they can to earn it.

    If I had to guess right now, I don’t think JP will keep his card. The Tour is too competitive to go at tournaments / the life style half-hearted and expect to keep your card. There are guys on the Web and other mini tours grinding for their chance.

    If you’re not in 110% JP, step aside for the guys who would do anything to make your card theirs.

  2. alexdub

    May 4, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Treading water in life is tough. Although it’s hard for us to understand why someone would want to leave the Tour — having a little boy myself, I can see why he would want to get off the treadmill and be at home more with his family.

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Ricky Barnes DQd at the Byron Nelson

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Ricky Barnes took a trip to Dairy Queen at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Barnes was disqualified following his second round 1-over 72. He signed for a three at the par-4 sixth hole, when in fact he had made a par.

Ultimately, he won’t rue his impromptu trip to get a Blizzard: Barnes was 3 over and was in no danger of making the cut.

Because this is the world we live in, Barnes apparently found out about the DQ via LuckyTrout Golf Pool on Twitter.

Of course, no scorecard error will ever top “What a stupid I am,” Roberto De Vicenzo signing for 66 when he shot 65, handing the green jacket to Bob Goalby at the 1968 Masters. Such an unfortunate legacy for a man who won hundreds of tournaments around the world.

Also unfortunate: Ricky Barnes is on the way for being remembered as a man who never lived up to the promise he showed at that same tournament, The Masters, as an amateur.

Let’s hope that changes.

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WATCH/LOOK AWAY: Jordan Spieth misses a 15-inch putt

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Aren’t you glad there isn’t video of all the 15-inch putts you’ve missed? I certainly am.

Unfortunately for Jordan Spieth, his failed attempt from little more than a foot at the Byron Nelson was captured on video, and it will exist on the internet for all eternity.

Spieth, who has struggled with the flatstick lately, stood over a short par putt at the par-4 15th hole, and well…

Spieth is currently 183rd on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained: putting, losing .412 strokes per round to the field on the greens.

But at least he hit the hole, right?

Here’s the offending weapon: Spieth’s trusty Scotty Cameron 009.

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GolfWRX members debate: What should the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria be?

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There have been a couple of controversial inclusions on the World Golf Hall of Fame. This isn’t to rehash, say, Fred Couples earning a spot, but rather, take a look at entry criteria.

More specifically, GolfWRX member playar32 writes

“I know the actual criteria is 15 tour wins, or 2 majors/Players championship. But what’s YOUR minimum?…For example, if a player won a “B” tournament every year (the one opposite a WGC event), every year in a row for 15 years, but missed the cut in every other event, would you still considered them HOF?”

It’s an interesting point. Specifically, the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria for an active male golfer is as follows.

“A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and PGA of Australasia) OR at least two victories among the following events: The Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.”

Further, a player must be at least 50 or five years removed from competition.

Here are some other WRX members’ takes.

Bladehunter says

“15 tour wins and 2 majors for me. Otherwise almost every 1 major winner out there is in.”

McCann1 says

“If we won’t remember your name without the HOF in 50 years I think you shouldn’t be in.”

Fowlerscousin says

“If any of these three criteria are met: 3 or more majors. Minimum 5 Ryder cup appearances. 15 tour victories.”

Hawkeye77 says

“Whatever the criteria are, don’t ever think about it unless someone whose speech I want to hear gets in.’

Golfer929 has more stringent standards

“20 Wins. 3 Majors. 2 Ryder Cup/President Cup appearances. 100 total weeks inside Top 50 OWGR.”

Golfgirlrobin says

“I’d like to see them go to some sort of point system like the LPGA uses. Factor in everything that’s important and let the chips fall where they may.”

You’ll want to check out the rest of what GolfWRX members have to say in the thread.

There are a ton off questions to consider when thinking about which current/recent players should make the HoF.

A few…

1. Should the standards be on par with other sports? If so, what does that look like?
2. If the WGHOF should be more/less stringent, why?
3. How important are major victories? Why two and not three?
4. Why 15 wins and not 10? Or 20?

All important questions, and ones which the golf fans of the world should be able to weigh in on, rather than merely a selection committee of 16 people.

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX members!

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