With abundant confidence
Peterson finished T- 4 in the U. S.
Open in just his fifth start on
the PGA Tour.
Proving his worth
taking his failure to make the walker cup team as a slight by the usga, former lsu tiger
john peterson delights in making his first u.s. open a coming-out party // by tim rosaforte
John Peterson made his rebuttal to the USGA on Sunday, finishing
T- 4 in the U.S. Open to prove that if
nothing else, the Walker Cup committee made a glaring error in leaving him
off its 2011 team. It was bad enough
when the U.S. lost to Great Britain
and Ireland while Peterson, the No. 7
ranked amateur in the world, sat home.
Now the NCAA champ from LSU gets
retribution by being the Tiger that
roared at Olympic Club.
“It was huge. Very motivating. Very,
very motivating,” Peterson said in
front of his locker Sunday night. “All
the way from locals until now: It feels
good to play well in their tournament.”
There was more than just the
Walker Cup snub that had Peterson
wondering what he did wrong to the
powers in Far Hills, N.J. After win-
ning medalist honors in local qualify-
ing, Peterson was assigned a sectional
site in Springfield, Ohio. The problem
was, he played in the FedEx St. Jude
Classic, right next to the qualifying
site at Germantown, Tenn.
Peterson concluded a Tweet by
typing, “Just adding fuel to the fire.”
Mike Davis, executive director of the
USGA, took offense to that, saying it
was a black-and-white process with
assignments based on entry dates.
“He’s completely off if he thinks there
was bias,” Davis told me in a text.
Try telling that to Peterson, who