Recently Unretired Golfer John Peterson Snapped His Putter Over His Knee After Making A Mid-Round Putt On The Web.com Tour
TheBigLead- John Peterson retired from golf, for a little while. Apparently he realized that it would be kind of ridiculous for him to “retire” at the age of 29 if he is good enough to compete on the PGA Tour no matter how difficult the grind.
However, because he didn’t have enough points to automatically qualify for his Tour card for next season, he is currently playing in the Web.com Tour finals where the top 25 finishers earn their Tour cards for the next season.
Things aren’t going so well for Peterson this week in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. He’s currently four-over and the leader, Henrik Norlander, is seven-under.
On Thursday, Peterson lost it while on the 15th green and snapped his putter...
To be clear, I have absolutely no familiarity with John Peterson outside of watching him knock down a putt prior to...umm...re-purposing his putter. Therefore, to put it lightly, my outside opinion of him is wholly uneducated. With that said, is it possible that he didn't give that whole retirement thing an honest enough go by stepping away from the game for one measly month?
I typically don't like to see top-notch talent go to waste and any 29 year old who was on the PGA Tour should theoretically still have plenty of potential to realize before calling it quits. However, if your first instinct is to shatter the one club whose absence is impossible to play around after a made putt in the middle of a round then you might need a little more time away from the tee box.
I get that he was having a tough go of things at the time, but if there's one lie I am actually familiar with on the links then it's the lie you tell yourself when promising that the next 18 holes are going to be different. On a much, much grander scale then I'll ever begin to understand, that was the truth revealing itself, and the truth is that John Peterson really f'n hates the sport golf right about now.
It certainly makes him more relatable to someone like me, who starts talking about golf the same way a massively hungover person talks about drinking ("never again") by the time I shank the approach shot on the 13th hole. Still, he might want to take this poor performance as a sign and submit to a true sabbatical before he ends up recycling the entirety of his bag out of frustration (with flawless form, for the record).