American Peter Uihlein wins Madeira Islands Open
American Peter Uihlein won the Madeira Islands Open on Sunday in
his 16th European Tour start for his professional title, closing
with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.
Uihlein, the former Oklahoma State star who won the 2010 U.S.
Amateur, birdied four of his last eight holes to finish at 15-under
273 at Santo da Serra.
”I’m just thrilled,” Uihlein said ”To do it playing well on
the back nine, coming down the stretch, is sweet. … I just
knuckled down I guess. It was all putting that did it today, I was
just trying to free up and they started to roll in so it was
The 23-year-old Uihlein earned a European Tour exemption through
next season. His father, Wally Uihlein, is the chief executive golf
apparel and equipment manufacturer Acushnet.
”You grow up quick out here and that was the main reason I came
over,” Uihlein said. ”It’s been a good process so far and
hopefully I can keep going.”
He has three top-10 finishes in seven European Tour events this
Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen had a double bogey on the 18th for
a 67 to tie for second with Chile’s Mark Tullo. Tullo, the
third-round leader, had a hole-in-one on No. 4, but had four bogeys
in a 71.
Scotland’s Craig Lee closed with a 71 to finish three strokes