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March 17 2011

5:41 PM

Uihlein more than holding own

Oklahoma State junior Peter Uihlein just wanted to see how his game stacked up against the pros this week at the Transitions Championship.

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And early reports are very favorable as the reigning U.S. Amateur champ has played his first nine holes at the Copperhead Course in 2 under. He’s among 15 players tied for 12th, four strokes off the pace being set by Nick Watney.

Uihlein, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the country, started on the back nine and promptly rolled in a 15-footer for birdie at the par-5 11th. The 21-year-old added a 12-footer for birdie at the 18th hole.

“I feel like my game is pretty good coming into it, playing okay, and just to try and have some fun and enjoy it and really not have that much expectations,” Uihlein had said Wednesday prior to his first-round date with Chris Kirk and Tommy Gainey.

Uihlein, whose father Wally is the CEO of the Acushnet Company, will play in the Masters next month thanks to his win at last year’s Amateur. Among his playing partners there will be Phil Mickelson, the defending and three-time Masters champ.

Click here to follow Uihlein on Shot Tracker. Click here to read more about the talented amateur.  – Helen Ross

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