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John Peterson just fell agonizingly short of keeping his card and is retiring

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It looks like John Peterson is making good on his pledge to retire after failing to earn conditional status on the PGA Tour.

The singular, Happy Gilmore-ing Peterson, had been playing this season on a major medical exemption.

He told reporters at the Wells Fargo Championship in May about his potential retirement plans.

“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.”

Peterson made the cut on the number and finished the tournament with a final-round 66 to tie for 13th.

The finish earned him a $121,362 check and 52.12 FedEx Cup points. Unfortunately, he needed 54.75 points…and thus he fell agonizingly short.

Regarding his rationale for leaving pro golf, Peterson’s position is entirely understandable…commendable, really.

“I just don’t enjoy the travel out here very much; I don’t like it at all, honestly,” he told Golf Channel earlier this season. “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.”

Should he change his mind, Nos. 126-200 on the FedEx Cup points list at the end of the season get a spot in the Web.com Tour Finals. He’s presently 184th in the standings.

Happy trails, JPete!

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  1. Brandon

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:03 am

    not to be that guy but 54.75 isnt .58 from 52.12. sorry the accountant in me had to point that out.

    • Tom

      Jul 9, 2018 at 11:47 am

      It has something to do with the points related to when he had his medical condition (2015 I think). Read an article about it this morning that basically said it’s complicated.

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John Peterson coming out of retirement after being inspired by the Masters

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John Peterson, the former NCAA D-I individual champion, gave up his ambition of making a living on Tour last summer when he failed to keep his PGA Tour card, but inspired by Tiger Woods’ victory at the Masters, Peterson is set to make a comeback.

The 30-year-old has been working in a real estate office for the past seven months and announced his decision to return on Matt Moscona’s radio show “After Review” on 104.5 FM ESPN Baton Rouge. The Texan told Moscona about the desire he felt once again to tee it up while watching the Masters earlier this month, with both Patrick Cantlay and Tiger Woods serving as pivotal players in Peterson’s decision.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had. I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills. Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the National Championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him and I beat him a lot and I’m just like man, that could be me.”

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

As for where he stands at this particular moment with his comeback, Peterson has no Tour status and will rely on sponsor exemptions and Monday qualifiers, while the mini-tour route is another option for the Texan. Peterson knows he’s taking a risk in his latest comeback, but the 30-year-old sounds ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff. I will get back, I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top 10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”

 

 

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