Peter Uihlein completed a fantastic season on the 2013 European Tour after he was crowned Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year. The award completes a stand-out season for Uihlein which has seen him claim his maiden European Tour title and finish in the Top-10 on seven occasions on his way to finishing 14th on the final Race to Dubai rankings.
Having started the season with playing rights on the European Challenge Tour, Uihlein made his mark on Europe’s biggest stage when he fired rounds of 72, 64, 69 and 68 to win the co-sanctioned Madeira Islands Open, immediately making the step up to play on the European Tour’s international schedule. Uihlein continued his sensational form throughout the 2013 season and narrowly missed out on becoming the first player to shoot 59 on the European Tour when he fired a stunning 12-under par round of 60 at Kingsbarns during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Uihlein became the first ever non-European to win the Rookie of the year award and signals a growing amount of young Americans arriving to play the European Tour. Out of the 26 Tour School qualifiers 4 were American.
Earlier in the season we took a look inside Peter Uihleins bag to see what equipment he has used to propel him to an award winning season:
Previous winners of the European Tour Rookie of the Year include Sir Nick Faldo (1977), Sandy Lyle (1978), José María Olazábal (1986) and Colin Montgomerie (1988) and more recently Sergio Garcia (1999), Ian Poulter (2000), Paul Casey (2001), Martin Kaymer (2007) and Matteo Manassero (2010).
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