Jan
25
2012
Uihlein Ready for Pro Debut (in India)
By Conor Nagle under General

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.

Conor Nagle