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Colonial feels like home for John Peterson

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — As preparation was in full swing for this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Tuesday, many of the best players in the world were mapping out plans to dissect Colonial Country Club — one of the shortest venues on the PGA Tour.

Not 24-year-old former LSU golfer John Peterson. He’s set to grip it and rip it come Thursday. He doesn’t feel the need to plot or strategize his way around Hogan’s Alley.

While others will opt for safeties off the tee, a thorough knowledge of the course allows Peterson the confidence to pull driver on nearly every hole. Tuesday, he estimated he’s played this course 400-500 times.

“I remember when I was 15, I won the junior championship,” said Peterson, whose parents purchased a Colonial membership from his grandfather, a Colonial member for 53 years (1948-2001). “And my brother won his age group and my youngest brother won his age group. So we all three won.”

Will Peterson’s Colonial ties pay off?

FORT WORTH, Texas — John Peterson, the Tour regular playing on a sponsor’s exemption at this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, has a familiarity with the course that no one else in the field can match.

His grandfather was a member at Colonial for 53 years, and when John’s family moved from Baton Rouge, La., back to Fort Worth — where John was born — his grandfather took the youngster to play Colonial for the first time.

PGA TOUR players pledge support to Oklahoma tornado victims

FORT WORTH, Texas — John Peterson has relatives on his father’s side who live in Moore, Okla., and though they were not directly impacted by the deadly tornadoes on Monday, Peterson  will be part of a charitable effort by PGA TOUR pros donating money to the Red Cross relief fund this week.

Peterson, Justin Bolli, Casey Wittenberg, Nicholas Thompson and Stuart Appleby each plan to donate $100 for every birdie and $500 for every eagle each player posts during this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Their donations will go to the American Red Cross of Oklahoma relief effort. The program is called #MooreBirdiesandEagles.

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