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Peterson (64) prepared for life after golf

By Rex HoggardJanuary 13, 2018, 12:16 am

HONOLULU – John Peterson had an eventful 48 hours to begin his week at the Sony Open.

After opening the tournament with a 1-over front nine, Peterson played his next 18 holes - his closing nine on Day 1 and his opening loop on Friday - in 59 strokes.

“I don't know what it is about the back [he’s 1 over on the back nine at Waialae Country Club]. It just doesn't really suit my eye that well,” said Peterson, whose second-round 64 moved him into a share of second place early on Friday.

The timing couldn’t be better, with Peterson starting this season playing on a major medical extension. He has eight starts to earn 274 FedExCup points. Normally his plight would add pressure, but after missing most of 2016 with a hand injury he seemed to be taking things in stride.

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“It's just attitude. If my attitude's good, I'm going to play good. My swing could be off. If my attitude's good, I'm going to play good,” Peterson said. “I've never been in a better spot lifestyle-wise than I am right now, so that probably has a lot to do with it.”

Peterson already has his next five events planned, including next week’s CareerBuilder Challenge, and will assess his status after that, but even if he doesn’t secure his Tour card he seemed content with the alternative.

“I told my wife I've had a few good years out here, and I don't want to do this forever,” said Peterson, who added that he would move into the real-estate business if his golf career doesn’t work out. “Now that I'm a dad, I hate the travel part of this. I'm not ever going to be the FaceTime dad, ever. So if it doesn't work out I'll probably be done.”

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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

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Watch: Woods rips iron from sand, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 6:10 pm

Tiger Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Tiger Woods teed off at 12:15PM ET alongside Justin Rose for Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.