Peter Uihlein

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Peter Uihlein
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1989-08-29) August 29, 1989 (age 24)
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Orlando, Florida
Career
College Oklahoma State University
Turned professional 2011
Current tour(s) Challenge Tour
European Tour
Sunshine Tour
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
Challenge Tour 1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2011
U.S. Open CUT: 2011
The Open Championship T48: 2011
PGA Championship CUT: 2013
Achievements and awards
Mark H. McCormack Medal 2010
Ben Hogan Award 2011
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
2013

Peter Uihlein (born August 29, 1989) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the European Tour. He was a member of the victorious U.S. team at the 2009 Walker Cup, where he compiled a 4-0 match record. Uihlein won the 2010 U.S. Amateur and is a former number one ranked amateur golfer in the world.

Amateur career[edit]

Uihlein was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts to Wally and Tina Uihlein. Wally Uihlein is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Acushnet Company, a golf equipment manufacturer which comprises Titleist and other brands.[1] At age 13, Uihlein moved to Bradenton, Florida to attend the David Leadbetter Golf program, part of IMG Academy's Pendleton School.[1] He was named Player of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) in 2005 and again in 2007, becoming the fifth boy in the award's history to win more than once, joining a list that includes Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.[2] Uihlein was featured in a 2006 Sports Illustrated article spotlighting then-teenage athletes including Tyreke Evans, A.J. Green and John Tavares.[3]

In 2007, Uihlein won the Terra Cotta Invitational. In 2008, Uihlein chose to attend Oklahoma State University, where he struggled with his game for a long stretch during his freshman year.[1] Nonetheless, he was named to the 2009 Walker Cup team and posted a 4-0 record for the victorious U.S. squad.[4] He won the Dixie Amateur in December[5] and became the world's number one ranked amateur golfer in May 2010.[6] After runner-up finishes at the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships,[4] Uihlein won the Sahalee Players Championship by seven strokes.[7]

On his 21st birthday, Uihlein defeated David Chung 4 & 2 in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.[8] Uihlein became the fourth Oklahoma State player to win the event, and first since Scott Verplank in 1984.[8] In September, Uihlein won the Mark H. McCormack Medal for being on top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking at the end of the amateur season, following the European Amateur and U.S. Amateur events.[9]

During his junior year, Uihlein won the Ben Hogan Award, given to the best college golfer in the nation. He was also named a first team All-American. Uihlein tried unsuccessfully to defend his U.S. Amateur title in 2011 when he lost in the quarterfinals.[10] He played the European and PGA Tour qualifying schools in 2011, but failed to earn tour cards on either tour. He decided to turn professional in December 2011.[11]

Professional career[edit]

Uihlein finished in a tie for 12th at his first professional event on the Challenge Tour at the 2012 Gujarat Kensville Challenge. Uihlein has also played on the Sunshine Tour, where he finished T4 at the 2013 Tshwane Open, an event co-sanctioned with the European Tour. Uihlein earned his first professional win in 2013 at the Madeira Islands Open, a dual-ranked event on the European Tour and Challenge Tour.[12] He ranked 14th in the 2013 Race to Dubai money list with eight top-10 finishes, and was named the European Tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.

Amateur wins (7)[edit]

Professional wins (1)[edit]

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runners-up
1 19 May 2013 Madeira Islands Open - Portugal - BPI 72-64-69-68=273 –15 2 strokes Denmark Morten Ørum Madsen, Chile Mark Tullo

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship England David Howell Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runners-up
1 19 May 2013 Madeira Islands Open - Portugal - BPI 72-64-69-68=273 –15 2 strokes Denmark Morten Ørum Madsen, Chile Mark Tullo

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship T48 DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitmer, Michael (2010-07-01). "Uihlein Was Groomed for Success". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Uihlein, Hurst named 2007 Rolex Junior POYs". ESPN. 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Where Will They Be?". Sports Illustrated. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  4. ^ a b Kenyon, Paul (2010-06-26). "Struggling Uihlein Doesn't Regret Staying Home". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Uihlein keeps rolling at Dixie Amateur". Golfweek. 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  6. ^ "Uihlein is New WAGR Number One". R&A Championships. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  7. ^ Ramsdell, Paul (2010-07-09). "Oklahoma State Star Peter Uihlein Rolls to Victory in Sahalee Players Championship". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  8. ^ a b "Peter Uihlein Wins U.S. Amateur". Tulsa World. 2010-08-29. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  9. ^ "USA's Peter Uihlein Wins 2010 McCormack Medal". R&A Championships. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  10. ^ Shain, Jeff (2011-08-26). "Peter Uihlein's U.S. Amateur reign ends in quarterfinals". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  11. ^ Eye on Europe, Peter Uihlein turns pro
  12. ^ "Uihlein wins in Madeira after glut of birdies on back nine brings American first success". Daily Mail. May 19, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 

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