Player blog: Poor putting sends Peterson packing

John Peterson

John Peterson

Well, it was a grind out there to say the least.

I missed my first cut as a pro and I picked a remarkably bad time to do it. Starting out today I birdied the first two holes, lipping out for an ace at No. 2. After that it was basically all downhill.

At the third I three-putted for par from about 30 feet. Basically, for my first tournament in 3 months I was very rusty and never got into a rhythm on the greens. Anytime you have 70 putts for two days you can’t expect to make the cut, much less only miss it by two. I hit it great for two rounds, but made nothing outside of 6 feet. It was absolutely pathetic.

On the positive side, I learned a ton coming to Africa. It is definitely an adjustment from teeing it up in the states. The time difference and the sleep patterns take a while to get used to. I am very grateful to the Africa Open Tournament committee for giving me the exemption and I hope I can play a few more times on the European Tour this year. I met a lot of cool people and every single one of them laughed at the way I talked, but that is normal. Even people in the states laugh at the way I talk.

I will hang around for a couple more days and check out the whole area, and then leave for the U.S. on Monday. I have been spoiled with abundant sunshine so it will be a shock to the system to get back to wearing sweaters. All in all, it was not a bad way to start the 2012 season. I just wish I had prepared a little better. On the positive side, I will be able to watch my Tigers play Alabama on January 9 in NOLA. Hopefully I won’t be too jet lagged for it!

Until next time. . . Geaux Tigers!

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