Peterson to Make PGA Tour Debut at Pebble Beach
BATON ROUGE - Former LSU All-American and 2011 NCAA champion John Peterson is set to make his anticipated PGA Tour debut this weekend as he competes as part of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am beginning Thursday at the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.
The championship will be held at three courses this weekend with Pebble Beach serving as the primary host for the event. Spyglass Hill Golf Club and Monterey Peninsula Country Club will also be featured in the first three rounds of the tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Peterson will tee off at 11:28 p.m. CT in Thursday's opening round as he makes his first career PGA Tour start on the back nine at Spyglass Hill Golf Club in Pebble Beach.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Peterson is paired with former Georgia All-American Harris English in the first three rounds of this year's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am as the field will be cut to the top 60 and ties after 54 holes. That is unlike the typical cut after 36 holes during the PGA Tour season.
Peterson and English have already faced one another following their collegiate careers over the summer at the Nationwide Tour's Children's Hospital Invitational held July 26-29 at The Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
That's where Peterson carded an impressive 72-hole score of 13-under par 271 to finish in a tie for second place on the leaderboard and just one stroke behind English for the event championship. Peterson was still an amateur at the time of the 2012 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational as he prepared for his final appearance at the United States Amateur Championship before turning professional in August.
Peterson enjoyed perhaps the most prolific career in the history of the LSU men's golf program in his four seasons from 2007-11 as a three-time All-American and three-time All-SEC selection with the Tigers.
Peterson wrapped up a brilliant collegiate career in the spring of 2011 as both a First-Team All-American and First-Team All-SEC selection while being crowned the program's third NCAA champion following a stellar performance at the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships. Peterson fired a total score of 5-under par 211 to defeat UCLA star Patrick Cantlay by one shot for the NCAA title.
Peterson's amateur career at LSU also boasted an impressive come-from-behind victory at the 2011 Jones Cup Invitational held at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in February 2011. He claimed the win in a sudden-death playoff after firing a 1-over 217 in 54 holes of play.