Player blog: Rough start for Peterson in Africa
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Editor's note: John Peterson, the 2011 NCAA champion, is blogging for Golfweek.com from this week’s Africa Open in South Africa, where he is making his European Tour debut. Peterson turned pro in September 2011 and is trying to assemble a schedule with no status on any tour. The LSU alum turned down tickets to watch his alma mater play the BCS Championship Game in order to play this week.
Peterson shot an even-par 73 in the first round of the Africa Open. He is tied for 115th in the 156-player field.
I played the last three holes in 3 over to shoot even par in Round 1. It’s not a good feeling right now to say the least.
I hit a driver on No. 6 (a 308-yard par 4) when everyone else in the field was hitting 7-irons. I probably should have done the same. My ball ended up in the famous African bush with the cobras and the black mambas. So I really didn't look for it too much, just ran back to the tee. I guess that’s what I get for hitting driver at the green!
Oh, well. I didn't come all the way over here to lay up. I ended up making a six on the hole and lost a lot of momentum.
Starting and finishing with bogeys is always a bad feeling and hopefully I can get my mind right for tomorrow and come out firing. I eagled No. 1, my 11th hole, with a chip-in from just off the green. That felt really good and got my round going in the right direction. . . until the last three. Overall, the day flew by and I need to go hit some putts before I leave. I can't tell you how many putts I left short today. The greens here are slower than what I am used to back home, and I have not adjusted to them very well yet.
I am about to finish lunch, go practice a little bit, and then I might go check out one of the local beaches and see if I can't get a little more sunburned. I already look like a tomato, so a little more won't hurt. . . until tomorrow!