Peterson turns traffic jam into range session


There are several options available when trying to pass time during a highway traffic jam: listen to music, play on a smart phone, make estimates about how much farther along you might be if on foot.

If you're PGA Tour rookie John Peterson, though, you use the stoppage to create an impromptu driving range session.

The leading money winner from the inaugural Tour Finals in September, Peterson was driving across I-20 in Texas this weekend when traffic came to a sudden and significant halt. Despite freezing temperatures and snow on the ground, the former NCAA champion hit a few balls on the side of the road, taking aim at a road sign in the distance.

A former standout at LSU, Peterson tied for fourth at the 2012 U.S. Open and recorded top-five finishes in each of the four Finals events this fall. In his first three starts as a PGA Tour member, Peterson's best result is a tie for 21st at the Open in October.