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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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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today: 9/20/18

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Aiken Golf Club, looks like y’all are good to go. All bag room and cart barn photos are 100% WRX approved.

Some puttorial handiwork from Bradley Putters, here. Acrylic + wood = nastiness.

A post that will only resonate with golfers of a certain age…

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When golf balls were golf balls….

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Do lambs travel in a herd? (Technically correct, according to Google)

Lovely Lincoln ball makers, indeed. Nice work here from CNC Creations.

The expected singular ferrule work from Boyd Blade & Ferrule. Very nice.

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Lovely Red Bird & Avian wand.

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Heat-stained, Stamped & Fitted. ??

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ICYMI: The incredible story of a golf course artist freed from jail

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Since Max Adler of Golf Digest profiled convicted killer and golf artist Valentino Dixon in 2012, the Attica inmate has been on much of the golf audience’s collective radar.

It wasn’t just that Dixon, who never so much stepped onto a golf course in his life, dedicated himself to putting beautiful golf landscapes on paper, but rather, many, including Adler, believed he was wrongfully convicted. Jimmy Roberts, too, profiled Dixon, albeit in video form, and was of the same mind.

Adler and Roberts both played a small part in what happened this week, as the publicity generated by their work alerted wrongful conviction advocates to Dixon’s case: Dixon’s murder conviction was vacated.

It’s an incredible story of both justice served (albeit woefully late), and a surprising passion. If you’re unfamiliar with Dixon’s work, you can see some of it in this YouTube video by tinad426, presumably featuring the photos of his drawings taken by Golf Digest. (Many outlets refer to Dixon’s art as “paintings.” This is incorrect as his medium in colored pencil: he wasn’t allowed to use paint and paintbrushes)

“The guys [in prison] can’t understand,” Dixon said. “They always say I don’t need to be drawing this golf stuff. I know it makes no sense, but for some reason my spirit is attuned to this game.”

A quick recap of the case: Dixon had been serving a minimum 38-year-to-life sentence since August, 1991, for the shooting of 17-year-old Torriano Jackson, allegedly following an argument about a girl.

While Dixon admitted he was at the crime scene, he claimed was in a nearby liquor store at the time of the killing. Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative found that a gunpowder test on Dixon’s clothes had come back negative and the prosecution failed to share the information with the defence.

Additionally, Lamarr Scott told local media he was in fact the shooter, and has maintained that he, not Dixon, was guilty in the years since.

He was never arrested for the crime. However, Scott, in jail for a separate crime, was given the opportunity to formally confess to the crime this week. He did so, and Dixon was exonerated hours later.

“Maybe he’ll even take up golf,” Golf Digest’s Max Adler quoted his subject of six years ago as saying.

Let’s hope he does.

 

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today

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Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

The folks at Dormie Workshop continue to outdo themselves. It’s ubearable.

The Peoples Clubs with a sick set of NCW blades they just built.

Heckuva an action by one of Jimmy Hutchings’ young pupils.

Kraken Golf is working on a deathly cool project.

Michael Martinez with a savage mock-up of some Ryder Cup Jordans

About right…

We think so too, Kevin.

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