Tour Report: Peterson aces the 13th hole

Mike McAllister
Peterson aces No. 13

On Saturday at the U.S. Open, John Peterson aced the 13th hole at The Olympic Club with a 7-iron from 180 yards.

SAN FRANCISCO – John Peterson’s third round had been a struggle through 12 holes. But he made up for it with a hole-in-one at the 13th at the Olympic Club..

Peterson, the LSU grad playing with fellow Tiger alum David Toms, saw his tee shot at the 180-yard 13th roll into the cup. It was his first red number of the day; Peterson had arrived at the 13th tee box 4 over for his round.

The ace also happened to be the first one Peterson had ever made. The 23-year-old ended up shooting 72 and will start the final round at 3 over, four shots off the lead.

“I was thinking if I got in at 73, 74, that would be a solid round with the way I had putted it today,” Peterson said. “But when it went in, man, I don’t know what I did, I want to watch the replay. I hope y’all have a replay so I can see it again. But I went nuts. I know that.

“I tried chest bump my caddie and I missed and I think I hit his head. But it was really, really cool. First one ever. Being in the U.S. Open on the weekend was awesome.”

Toms, who started the final round tied for the lead, didn’t play his best, shooting 76. But he still enjoyed the LSU pairing, and he couldn’t have been happier for Peterson when he made the ace.

“It was fun,” Toms said. “And then John made a hole‑in‑one. That’s something he’ll remember. He’ll remember that forever. So it was fun for both of us. I wish we could have played a little better for each other, but that’s how it goes. …

“I had my hands up in the air (when the ball went in the hole). I don’t know if he could see it because I was probably in front of him watching his ball. And the crowd was going nuts. And it was pretty cool, I was pretty happy for them.

The ace was the 42nd ace in U.S. Open history, and the first since Thongchai Jaidee’s ace in 2010 at Pebble Beach. It’s also the second ace in U.S. Open history at the Olympic Club’s 13th. Chris Perry had a hole-in-one at the 13th in the third round in 1998.