POSTED: Monday, September 9, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 9, 2013 - 9:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — While earning a pair of top-five finishes in the each of the first two Web.com Tour Finals tournaments, LSU Tiger great and former NCAA Champion John Peterson has now secured his PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season as he will compete with now exempt status for the first time in his career as a professional golfer.
While he will not officially receive his PGA Tour card until the Web.Com Tour Finals are complete in two weeks, Peterson has earned a combined $96,000 with a tie for fifth place at the Hotel Fitness Championship and a tie for third place at the Chiquita Classic to sit alone in fifth place in the Web.Com Tour Finals standings with just two tournaments to play.
Peterson will join fellow Tiger great David Toms as two members of the LSU Men’s Golf program who will compete as fully exempt members of the PGA Tour during the 2013-14 season.
“It’s just a big relief,” Peterson said of earning his PGA Tour card for the first time in his career. “I didn’t have the greatest start to my pro career. It took me a little longer to get to this point, but I’ve got it and now it will be time to go out there and compete against the best week in and week out. I look forward to representing LSU on the PGA Tour.”
While not claiming any status as a full member of the PGA Tour during his two-year professional career, Peterson has enjoyed his share of success in PGA Tour events over the past two seasons.
Peterson was nearly crowned the U.S. Open champion a year ago while tying for fourth place at the 2012 U.S. Open Championship at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif., for his first career top-10 major finish in his major championship debut. He also made the cut in his debut at The Masters Tournament held earlier this season at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
The Web.com Tour Finals has brought together the Top 75 money earners on the final Web.com Tour Money List of the regular season and the players finishing Nos. 126-200 on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup points list for a series of four full-field stroke play tournaments for 50 PGA Tour cards granting exemption status for the 2013-14 campaign.
The Top 25 players on the final Web.com Tour Money List of the regular season have already won 25 of those coveted PGA Tour cards as they will now compete for their priority ranking in the Web.com Tour Finals. The remainder of the field will look to play for the final 25 PGA Tour cards over the course of the next two weekends in the last two events of the Web.com Tour Finals.
The Web.com Tour Finals are set to wrap up on the weekend of Sept. 26-29 at the Web.com Tour Championship being held at TPC Sawgrass’ Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.