TOP 30 PLAYERS TO WATCH
No. 29: Peter Uihlein
After his stint in Europe, this budding star is ready to make his impact on the PGA TOUR
December 02, 2017
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
Peter Uihlein shoots 65 to win Nationwide Children's
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
This guy has been one to watch on the golf course since he was in diapers.
It has seemingly been a long time coming, but finally Uihlein gets to ply his trade full time in his native USA and we all get to see first-hand the obvious talent he possesses.
The son of Titleist CEO/President Wally Uihlein, golf has been in Peter’s blood from day one and he was always expected to find his place on the PGA TOUR – particularly after claiming the U.S. Amateur in 2010 on his 21st birthday.
Instead, his path went through Europe after he won the Madeira Island Open in early 2013 and gained exemption on the European Tour.
His efforts to get back to the States had gone unrewarded until last season where he gained enough non-member points to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals and then he claimed the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Open.
As such we get to see him here and already, with two top-10s this season, he is set up to be a rising star to watch.
Of course, there is no guarantee his game will translate as well as hoped back in the USA, but don’t be surprised if Uihlein runs a similar path to success like that of U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka.
The grounding one gets playing in countless different places in the world can certainly come in handy in pressure situations down the track.
2017-18 position: 40
Playoff appearances: None (first season at PGA TOUR member)
Best result: N/A
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INSIGHTS FROM OUR INSIDERS
PGATOUR.COM’s Insiders offer their expert views on what to expect from Peter Uihlein in 2018.
TOUR INSIDER by Cameron Morfit
No more cortisone shots for Uihlein, who has been on a roll since his return to competition in October, 2016, after undergoing surgery on his left wrist. With his new coach Justin Parsons, who runs the Dubai branch of Butch Harmon's golf school, Uihlein has developed a reliable power fade that helps him eliminate the left-side miss. He doesn't lack for practice-round competition in Jupiter, Florida, but in keeping with his early professional career, he has said he aspires to be a global player.
FANTASY INSIDER by Rob Bolton
Drawing a comparison to a major champion like Brooks Koepka is daunting, but it's not unwarranted. In fact, Uihlein is exactly where he was expected to be right now. After battling injuries well into 2016, it would have been disappointing if he didn't parlay good health and his raw talent into status for 2017-18. With a top-20 finish in the Race to Dubai, he's now exempt into the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship and The Open Championship. With those bonuses banked and more coming, he's sure to give Rookie of the Year front-runner Austin Cook a steady challenge for the honor. But most of all, the 28-year-old Uihlein has arrived as a reliable source of firepower and promise in every format.
EQUIPMENT INSIDER by Jonathan Wall
What separates Uihlein from most of his TOUR brethren is that he rarely carries a fairway wood. Instead, he transitions from a Titleist 917D2 driver into a 716 T-MB 2-iron he routinely carries 260 yards. Wedge setup features four Vokey SM6's, including a 46-degree pitching wedge. Newport 2.5 putter offers 3/4 shaft of offset, allowing the topline to sidle up next to the ball for a simpler view at address.
STYLE INSIDER by Greg Monteforte
Uihlein proves that classic doesn’t have to be boring. Look for him to continue to add color and texture to his looks in 2018 with bold checks, fine micro prints, and stylish jacquards in dark reds and brilliant blues.