John Peterson Comes Out of Retirement, Says Tiger Woods Inspired the Move

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American golfer John Peterson is coming out of retirement.

Peterson, who retired last year at the age of 30, announced his return in an interview with 104.5 FM ESPN Radio Baton Rouge on Thursday.

Peterson called it quits in September 2018 after failing to earn a PGA Tour card. He worked in real estate following the retirement but felt the itch again after witnessing Tiger Wood’s “inspiring” win at the Masters two weeks ago.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had,” – Peterson explained his decision. “I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills. Then the Masters came along, and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the national championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters. It’s on TV, and I beat him, and I beat him a lot, and I’m just like, ‘Man, that could be me.'”

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters,” – he added.

John Peterson played college golf at Louisiana State University where he won 2011 NCAA Division I Championship. After turning pro, he managed to win Coca-Cola Walmart Open in 2012 while being tied for the fourth spot at U.S. Open in the same year. His other career highlights include the 60th place at Masters in 2013.