John Peterson - June 19, 2012

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2011 NCAA Men’s Golf Individual Champion John Peterson finished T4 in the 2012 U.S. Open to earn a place in the field for the Travelers Championship. He began by admitting that his exuberant hole-in-one celebration at The Olympic Club was not rehearsed and he added that he had a little bit of practice at LSU football games.

The entire week of the U.S. Open was very special because following the passing of his grandmother, he was able to be there with his family and it was a great surprise to be able to make his first hole-in-one on such a big stage as well as have a career week in a Major Championship. His mother made a hole-in-one on her first and only golf shot and she was smart enough to quit while she was ahead.

The only time that he felt nervous during U.S. Open week was when he was on the green of the 72nd hole because he knew that he was putting for invitations to the 2013 Masters and U.S. Open. As a player with no status on any tour, any exception or invitation is important but having the chance to earn places in the field of two Majors was very stressful and he was happy that he held it together. Other than the 72nd green, he felt very relaxed all week because he was playing well and was enjoying the atmosphere of the U.S. Open.

Now that he is in the 2013 Masters and U.S. Open, he is looking forward to many things including playing practice rounds at Augusta National. He wants to play a round with his father who only plays a couple of times per year and he also hopes to have his grandfather in attendance during the 2013 Masters so that there could be three generations of Petersons at Augusta National in April.

He is very appreciative of the sponsor’s exemptions that he has received this year at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Mayakoba Golf Classic, and Zurich Classic of New Orleans although he did not play as well as he wanted. Since his U.S. Open finish, he has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to the Frys.com Open and is looking forward to playing in that event. He is hoping to receive other offers from other events and he appreciates every opportunity he gets to compete.

When asked about being left off of the U.S. Walker Cup team in 2011, Peterson said that the USGA held all of the cards when it came to selecting the team and they decided not to select him. While he would have loved to have played, he did not get that opportunity but he understands that golf is a lifetime thing and he has many more years to accomplish great things on the golf course. He is excited about the future but he acknowledged that it felt very good to record a top 5 finish in the USGA’s biggest event.

He would put his Scotty Cameron putter head cover in his back pocket when he putted during the U.S. Open and Peterson said that he will continue to do that for as long as he plays and that he has done it for so long because it is convenient and he always knows where the cover is because it is in his back pocket. It is practical and he will never lose it.