The glitterati of world golf may be assembled in Abu Dhabi, but India is the venue for what may – in the long-term – prove the most significant of the week’s fixtures. It’s there, playing in the Challenge Tour’s Gujarat Kensville Challenge, that Walker Cup star and world-beating amateur Peter Uihlein will make his professional debut.
After failing to secure his playing privileges on either side of the Atlantic, the 22-year-old turned to Europe’s second-tier circuit in the hope of gaining an invaluable experience of travel and variety.
The American told EuropeanTour.com:
“The Challenge Tour is a great breeding ground for The European Tour, so I’m looking forward to testing myself against the guys out here. I’ve got a few more events on the Challenge Tour and The European Tour coming up, starting with Dubai next week and then Qatar the week after, so this week should be a great warm-up for that.”
It’s a view seconded by Uihlein’s manager, Chubby Chandler, who in addition to helping his newest charge formulate a long-term strategy for success, has put the him contact with several of his most successful clients, former World Number One Lee Westwood among them.
“I had a couple of great days in Dubai, playing with Lee and also with Romain Wattel, who had such a great rookie season on Tour last year. I also spent some time with Chris Wood, and all these guys know what life’s like on Tour, so hopefully some of their experience and know-how can rub off on me.”
One of the most decorated amateur golfers in history, Uihlein will play tomorrow’s first round in the company of Phillip Archer and Gaganjeet Bhullar.