Peter Uihlein has had a slow start in his fourth year competing on the European PGA Tour but the past couple weeks, he seems to be hitting his stride. He finished T-9th at the Championship Malaysia on the 21st of February earning $58,432, US, in his fifth start of 2016. It was his first Top 10 finish since his T-4th at the Shenzhen International in April 2015.
Last week Uihlein added his fourth back to back Top 10 finish with his T-4th at the ISPS HANDA Perth International in Australia posting a -13/275 final score. He was just three shots behind winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa who posted a -16/272. Uihlein earned $56,614, US.
Uihlein’s amateur golf history reads like a fairy tale. The son of Acushnet Company CEO Wally Uihlein, Peter was named Player of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) twice. In 2005 and again in 2007 he became the fifth youngster in the history of the award to win more than once, joining a list that includes Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. He was featured in a 2006 Sports Illustrated article spotlighting then-teenage athletes.
Oklahoma State was Uihlein’s choice of colleges in 2007 where he held so much promise for the Oklahoma State golf team but his freshman year saw the high school standout struggle with his game. A scrapper, Uihlein worked through his issues and was named to the 2009 Walker Cup team posting a 6-2 record for the victorious U.S. squad. In 2010 he won the USGA Men’s Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay. Topping off his amateur career, Peter was named the R&A Amateur of the Year in 2010 and the recipient of the Ben Hogan Award in 2011.
Turning professional in 2011, Uihlein decided to get his feet wet competing not on the American but the European PGA Tour. He won his first competitive event, securing full status on the European Tour after winning the Madeira Islands Open in May 2013. He finished the season ranked 14th on the 2013 Race to Dubai money list heading into the finals. His record of eight top-10 finishes contributed to Uihlein being named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.
Peter Uihlein mental toughness the past three years leads me to believe he is just about ready to turn the corner on his career and return to the winner’s circle.