Peter Uihlein

Peter Uihlein (born August 29, 1989) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour and 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.

Peter Uihlein
Personal information
Born (1989-08-29) August 29, 1989 (age 31)
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceJupiter, Florida
Career
CollegeOklahoma State University
Turned professional2011
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Former tour(s)Challenge Tour
Professional wins2
Highest ranking48 (June 3, 2018)[1]
(as of October 18, 2020)
Number of wins by tour
European Tour1
Korn Ferry Tour1
Challenge Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 2011
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 2013, 2017, 2018
U.S. OpenT48: 2018
The Open ChampionshipT44: 2017
Achievements and awards
Mark H. McCormack Medal2010
Ben Hogan Award2011
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
2013

Amateur careerEdit

Uihlein was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts to Wally and Tina Uihlein, and grew up in Mattapoisett.[2] Wally Uihlein is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Acushnet Company, a golf equipment manufacturer which comprises Titleist and other brands.[3] At age 13, Uihlein moved to Bradenton, Florida to attend the David Leadbetter Golf program, part of IMG Academy's Pendleton School.[3] 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.[4] Uihlein was featured in a 2006 Sports Illustrated article spotlighting then-teenage athletes including Tyreke Evans, A. J. Green and John Tavares.[5]

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.[3] Nonetheless, he was named to the 2009 Walker Cup team and posted a 4-0 record for the victorious U.S. squad.[6] He won the Dixie Amateur in December[7] and became the world's number one ranked amateur golfer in May 2010.[8] After runner-up finishes at the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships,[6] Uihlein won the Sahalee Players Championship by seven strokes.[9]

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.[10] Uihlein became the fourth Oklahoma State player to win the event, and first since Scott Verplank in 1984.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

Professional careerEdit

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.[14] 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.

In 2017, Uihlein played the Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour via a sponsor's exemption and finished fifth.[15] A week later, he finished 23rd at the Shell Houston Open. These earned him enough FedEx Cup points for a place in the 2017 Web.com Tour Finals. He won the first tournament to earn a place on the PGA Tour for 2017–18.

Uihlein played 26 events on the 2017–18 PGA Tour, making the cut 16 times. He had eight top-25 finishes, four top-10 finishes, and three top-five finishes. In round three of the Wells Fargo Championship, he had a birdie/eagle streak of 7-under on six holes, which tied him with Jonathan Randolph for the longest streak on the PGA Tour for the 2017–18 PGA season. He finished at number 64 in the FedEx Cup standings, qualifying him for the FedEx Cup playoffs in his rookie season, winning $1.8 million for the season.

During the 2018–19 season, Uihlein played a total of 29 events on the PGA Tour. His best results were a T7 at the RSM Classic in November 2018, and a T5 in May 2019 at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament. He won $840,000 during the season, finishing at number 133 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Amateur wins (7)Edit

Professional wins (2)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 - BPI1 72-64-69-68=273 –15 2 strokes   Morten Ørum Madsen,   Mark Tullo

1Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

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

Web.com Tour wins (1)Edit

Legend
Web.com Tour Finals events (1)
Other Web.com Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Sep 3, 2017 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship 69-69-67-65=270 –14 1 strokes   Ryan Armour

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 - BPI1 72-64-69-68=273 –15 2 strokes   Morten Ørum Madsen,   Mark Tullo

1Dual-ranking event with the European Tour

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT T48
The Open Championship T48 CUT T44 CUT
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 3
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 1 (three times)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 2019
The Players Championship CUT

CUT = missed the halfway cut

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Championship T25 T37
Match Play T17
Invitational
Champions T55 T5
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 22 2018 Ending 3 Jun 2018" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Master moment for Peter Uihlein". southcoasttoday.com. April 6, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Whitmer, Michael (July 1, 2010). "Uihlein Was Groomed for Success". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  4. ^ "Uihlein, Hurst named 2007 Rolex Junior POYs". ESPN. October 23, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  5. ^ "Where Will They Be?". Sports Illustrated. June 26, 2006. Archived from the original on May 19, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Kenyon, Paul (June 26, 2010). "Struggling Uihlein Doesn't Regret Staying Home". The Providence Journal. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  7. ^ "Uihlein keeps rolling at Dixie Amateur". Golfweek. December 22, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  8. ^ "Uihlein is New WAGR Number One". R&A Championships. May 5, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Ramsdell, Paul (July 9, 2010). "Oklahoma State Star Peter Uihlein Rolls to Victory in Sahalee Players Championship". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  10. ^ a b "OSU's Peter Uihlein Wins U.S. Amateur". Tulsa World. August 29, 2010. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  11. ^ "USA's Peter Uihlein Wins 2010 McCormack Medal". R&A Championships. September 1, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Shain, Jeff (August 26, 2011). "Peter Uihlein's U.S. Amateur reign ends in quarterfinals". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  13. ^ "Eye on Europe, Peter Uihlein turns pro". ESPN. Associated Press. December 19, 2011.
  14. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2013/05/19/peter-uihlein-madeira-islands-open/2323943/
  15. ^ "Inside the Field: Puerto Rico Open". PGA Tour. March 17, 2017.

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