According to the golfer’s statement issued on Monday, Uihlein will leave Oklahoma State before his last semester to play with the European Tour. The holder of the 4-0 match record in the 2009 Walker Cup will receive a few sponsor exemptions and play on the PGA European Challenge Tour, the second tier pro golf tour in Europe.
Uihlein held the top position on the amateur list for a year after winning the U.S. Amateur in 2010. He was a member of two Walker Cup squads and earned victory in nine college and amateur events in a year and a half.
One of America’s most promising young athletes signed with International Sports Management (ISM), an England-based sports management agency founded by Andrew “Chubby” Chandler.
There is nothing unusual that Uihlein decided to turn pro at the start of the year because he wants to have an entire season to gain full membership on a major tour. It is unusual, however, that he decided to embark on his professional career in Europe.
Uihlein wants to follow in the footsteps of other prominent golfers who gained their experience in Europe and then achieved great results on the PGA Tour – Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel.
The American will make his debut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in a strong field that will feature Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, and Tiger Woods. He is also planning on playing in the Dubai Desert Classic and Qatar Masters.