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

nice.”

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

season.

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

behind Uihlein.