Peter Uihlein has been all around the world, but finally, he’s coming home.
Uihlein, the well-decorated collegiate and amateur golfer, captured the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship by one shot Sunday, earning a PGA TOUR card in the process.
The 28-year-old, who is have a fine year on the European Tour (entering the week at No. 12 in the Race to Dubai standings), fired a 6-under-par 65 on Sunday at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, and attributed his success of late to how he’s been able to be more consistent with his ball-striking.
“In college I did win a lot; this year in particular was kind of a way we were trying to change my game. I've become a lot more consistent,” he said. “Just hit the one direction, as long as you eliminate one side of the golf course, which is something I've been absolutely just hammering since December. So for me, it's nice to have the validation that you can win doing those things.”
Uihlein admitted he used to hit a draw off the tee, and now he’s hitting a fade. He said this week was validation for hard work of late after coming back from wrist surgery a few years ago. He had a complete rupture of a ligament in his wrist and the bone was broken. He underwent surgery in May 2016.
He’s come back with a vengeance, however.
“I came back in December and then played pretty much every event,” he said. “It’s been good.”
‘Good,’ perhaps, is a bit of an understatement, as Uihlein is taking that hard fade – and the tight golf game that goes along with it, as Uihlein hit 86 percent of his fairways and 94 percent of his greens on Sunday (not to mention averaging 326 yards off the tee) – to the PGA TOUR next year.