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PGA Tour Veteran Calls the Curtain on an Incredible Career After 600+ Starts: ‘It’s a New Game Out Here’

Published 02/05/2022, 2:05 PM EST

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After six decades and appearing in 662 PGA Tour tournaments, the veteran Peter Jacobsen has announced his retirement from professional golfing. He revealed that the 2022 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will be his last tournament as a professional golfer. 

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The 67-year-old Jacobsen turned pro in 1976 and won seven PGA Tour championships throughout his career. He also registered two PGA Tour Champions victories after joining the league in 2004; both of them were majors. Along with the PGA Wins, Peter had won more than ten titles from different championships. 


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Jacobsen was the proud recipient of the 2013 Payne Stewart Award, an award given by the PGA Tour to a pro golfer who is the perfect example of a valued character. He has also served as the PGA Tour Player Director for two years. Since he had such a legacy behind him, why would the veteran choose Pebble Beach as his retirement event? 

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“It’s a new game out here,” Jacobsen explained how he cannot catch up with the new golfers. “It’s time to hang the clubs up.” When Jacobsen said these words, he wasn’t sad but happy that he got to play the final event of his career at the place he loves more than anything. The 2022 Pro-Am would be the 32nd time he had attended the event. Over the years, he had won the title once in 1995


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Peter Jacobsen is attending the Pebble Beach event with his long-time caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan. Jacobsen had won 7 titles when Fluff caddied for him. Although the 67-year-old has won many titles, it is his meeting with the golf legend Arnold Palmer that he cherishes the most. 


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After Jacobsen made a cut in the Pro-Am event for the first time, he met none other than Arnold Palmer. While he thought the legend would ignore him since he was just a rookie, Palmer’s approach surprised him. Jacobsen explained that Palmer came to him, stuck out his hand, and said, “Hi, I’m Arnold Palmer. Can I join you?” He further added that he and Palmer played a match then and there, and he found the situation special.


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The golf veteran currently works as a golf analyst for NBC’s Golf Channel. He also has hosted a variety show called Peter Jacobsen Unplugged for the Golf Channel. 



Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.