A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Uihlein climbed to
number one on the world amateur rankings. The crowning glory of an illustrious
amateur career was his victory in the 2010 US Amateur Championship on the day
of his 21st birthday.
When he turned professional in 2011, he did so with an army
of experienced advisors behind him.
As the son of Wally Uihlein, CEO of the Acushnet Company,
Peter has been around golf most his life.
Throw in the influence of a coach in Butch Harmon, an agent
in Andrew "Chubby" Chandler, and some advice from Adam Scott, and it's easy to
see why Uihlein has set the fairways alight so early in his professional
But a lot of Uihlein's success has come from his desire to
not take the easier road and base himself in the United States, but rather pack
his passport and tackle the challenges of multiple countries, varying weather
and changeable golf courses on the European Tour.
"He's been brave enough to do things differently when he
could have had a lot of starts in the States, but he stuck to his plan. The
idea was to learn the game before tackling the PGA Tour", Chandler has said of
It has certainly paid off in 2013.
Uihlein secured his playing privileges on the European Tour
with a victory in the Madeira Island Open.
It was a well-deserved triumph in an extremely solid year
for him. At the start of the season he finished tied fourth in the Tshwane Open
on the Sunshine Tour.
He's had two runner-up finishes this year, losing in a
playoff with David Howell for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and
finishing second in the Wales Open.
And amidst this has been finishes of 10th in the
Scottish Open and BMW International Open, and tied eighth in the Open de
It has all been a
valuable learning experience for Uihlein, who is eager to take in as much as he
can in preparation for what many believe will be a distinguished career in the
And he's having some
fun along the way. Uihlein regularly travels and rooms with his good friend and
fellow professional Brooks Koepka, an equally impressive talent. They've swum
with sharks in the South Africa on their trips to these fairways, and immersed
themselves in the experiences of playing the European Tour.
Uihlein also showed
another side to his character when he donated the £10 000 he won as part of the
team prize in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to the Scottish Golf Union
to assist his young playing partner that week, the 17-year-old Scottish Boys
champion Bradley Neil.
In every aspect, Uihlein
seems determined to follow the advice of his father Wally, who quoted the poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson when he said, "Go instead where there is no path and leave
Expect him to
certainly blaze a trail on his debut in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.