Peterson gaining confidence after off-course distractions


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Eight months ago, John Peterson walked the grounds at TPC Sawgrass feeling invincible and at the time he essentially was.

Peterson finished tied for second at the Tour Championship, which was played in late September on the adjacent Valley Course, on his way to the Tour Finals title.

Things don’t feel as good this time around at TPC Sawgrass.

In 16 events on the PGA Tour this season, Peterson has made just five cuts and has just a single top-20 finish, but then the learning curve is normally difficult for a rookie and it hasn’t been the easiest of times for the 25 year old.

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In February during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Peterson received a call that his house in Baton Rouge, La., had flooded. Since then he has pretty much lived out of a single suitcase and from hotel to hotel.

“There was 3 inches of water in my entire house. It was brutal for four or five months because I had no time when I was at home to work on my game because I was working with furniture people and contractors,” Peterson said.

Following that episode, Peterson purchased a house in Fort Worth, Texas, but that didn’t go well either and he recently defaulted on that house and moved back to Baton Rouge.

All told, the off-course distractions took a toll on his game.

“I looked at my stats recently and I was almost last in every category. It was sad,” he said. “If they had a confidence stat I would have been last in that as well.”

Winning the Tour Finals, however, has given Peterson plenty of playing opportunities, as well as a spot in this week’s field, and he’s confident things are starting to turn around.

“I’m swinging as well as I have in a long time and am starting to get my confidence back,” he said.