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Peter takes advantage of week off
Written by Bruce Young   
Saturday, 27 May 2006

2006_players_championship Peter has spent his week off between last week's Bank of America Colonial and next week's Memorial Tournament working on his game and getting some assistance with his practicing techniques.

"I spent a couple of hours with David (Leadbetter) earlier this week just fine tuning some issues with my downswing. It is all starting to feel pretty good although last week my driving let me down a little. I hit my irons just great at the Colonial and putted well but if I had been able to drive it a little better then things might have turned out a little different. Still it was a good week." Peter finished in a share of 4th place.

"I have also started to do some work with Neale Smith, an Australian who played the PGA Tour for a little while and who is helping out several players. He is a Sports Psychologist but he is essentially helping me with issues to do with getting more out of practice. If you like it is a case of less is more. I have typically spent a lot of time on the practice fairway but not always with a lot of direction and so Neale and I have spent some time discussing how to get the best out of the time I spend practising and how to make it more enjoyable. Some of that is to do with creating more tournament situations while practicing."

Peter's next event is at the Memorial at Muifield Village in Ohio, a tournament and venue which several years ago provided the confidence for him to tackle the PGA Tour. In 2001 Peter finished in 15th place while playing there on invite and convinced him that he could compete on the USPGA Tour. Later that year he secured his card for the 2002 USPGA Tour. "I think it is a great track," said Peter.

At the completion of the Memorial, in fact on the Monday following, Peter will look to qualify for the US Open at a venue in Ohio. At this stage Peter is not qualified to play the US Open but does have a start the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. 

photo by Marc Feldman WireImage.com       

Peter fourth at Colonial
Written by Bruce Young   
Monday, 22 May 2006

september_2005_presidents_cup_team_memberPeter has returned to form with a fourth place finish at the Bank Of America Colonial near Fort Worth in Texas.

His final round of 70 will see him earn US$209,000 and after a somewhat stop / start season in 2006, he now appears to be building momentum with his game. 

Today's final round was not quite as impressive as those earlier in the week but Peter was able to put together a solid even par round on a golf course that was proving increasingly difficult to handle.

His birdies came at the 8th after a fine tee shot to 8 feet at the par three and at the 14th after his second finished again just 8 feet away. There were a couple of very good par saves on the back nine but overall his play today was not as sharp as it had been earlier in the week.

Peter was attempting to put together his eighth consecutive round under 70 at the Colonial Golf Club having finished third here last year. He had a chance at the last from 25 feet to do just that and join an illustrious goup of players to have done so but he missed out.

Peter will now have this week off before playing at another of his favourtie courses at Muirfield Village where the Memorial will be played in ten days time.

 photo by Hunter Martin / Wire Image  

Peter closes within one at Colonial
Written by Bruce Young   
Sunday, 21 May 2006

peter_dec_04Peter's third round of 69 at the Bank of America Colonial has moved him within one of the leaders, Rod Pampling and Tim Herron as the event heads into its final round tomorrow.

Peter got his third round underway with a birdie at the par five first after a massive drive saw him easily reach the back of the green form where he two putted.

He longed a very long (40ft) putt at the 5th before a good par save at the 7th and following pars saw him turn in two under.

At the 10th he missed the green long and left and took bogey but he bounced back at the long par five 11th when he pitched close after finding the fairway bunker from the tee.

He made a good par save from the back trap at the 12th and then at the 16th, after finding the front left bunker from the tee, he bladed his bunker shot across the green and in the end made a good bogey.

He made yet another good save at the next from behind the green, this time for par, and at the last, after pulling his tee shot left, he managed to find a way over the trees and finished 15 feet from the hole.  The putt he made for birdie was yet another example of a good putting week to date for Peter and he finished with one under 69 and just one behind.

"The golf course was tough today," said Peter after the round referring to the firm, fast conditions. "Those are conditions that I typically enjoy however where ball control and demands on accuracy are at a preminum."

Peter has a 12.37 tee off tomorrow where he will play in the third to last group with Bo Van Pelt.

Peter repeats dose at Colonial
Written by Bruce Young   
Saturday, 20 May 2006

A second consecutive round of 66 has kept Peter within two of the lead at the Bank of America Colonial.

At eight under he is in fifth place as the tournament heads into the weekend.

Peter failed to take advantage of the opening par five 1st but when he hit his approach to four feet at the second, he was under par early.  He made good par saves at the 3rd and 4th holes but when he hit his approach at the fourth to 4 feet for another birdie, he had moved to two under. 

He backed up with yet another birdie from 12 feet at the 6th before failing to take advantage of a good opportunity at the long par five 11th when he was just short of the green in two.

At the 13th he holed one of the longer birdie putts he has holed in a while to move to four under and that is where he remained for the rest of the round.
Peter makes solid start at Colonial
Written by Bruce Young   
Friday, 19 May 2006

After a hot start to today's first round at the Bank of America Colonial, Peter's scoring cooled a little over the back nine but at four under he finds himself in seventh place and two behind first round leader, Stewart Cink.

Birdies at four of the first five holes (he started at the 10th) saw him contending for the lead early in his round and when he added another at the par five 11th he was very much in contention for opening round honours.

He made two fine par saves at his 13th and 14th holes before a bogey at the last had him signing for a 66. The bogey at the last was, in the end, a good result as he found the water with his approach and was forced to take a penalty drop. His fourth from well left and short of the green almost went in the hole and he had salvaged bogey.

Peter will look to an 8.16 tee time tomorrow to build on his good start.



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