Uihlein blossoms on European Tour, gives back

Peter Uihlein talks with his caddie during the 2013 BMW Masters in China.

Peter Uihlein talks with his caddie during the 2013 BMW Masters in China.

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One of the best stories in American golf continues to play out overseas, where Peter Uihlein is chasing big prizes in the European Tour’s answer to the FedEx Cup playoffs. Sitting ninth in the Race To Dubai, Uihlein got into early contention at the BMW Masters in Shanghai before settling for joint fifth.

It was his third top-five finish in his last four starts.

Now 60th in the Official World Golf Ranking, the 24-year-old Uihlein began the year 385th, so clearly the road he chose – through the Challenge Tour and European Tour – has afforded him the chance to blossom. You don’t take on such an unconventional challenge without a high degree of character, but Uihlein demonstrated he has an abundance of that with a charitable effort during the recent Dunhill Links in St. Andrews.

Paired with rising Scottish standout Bradley Neil, Uihlein helped script an unforgettable week for the 17-year-old. First, Uihlein came tantalizingly close to shooting 59 at Kingsbarn. Next, he stormed into the lead by holing his second shot at the iconic 18th at St. Andrews. Then, the pair took the team title.

But it’s what he did next that speaks volumes for Uihlein: He donated 10,000 pounds to the Scottish Golf Union to help support future golf expenses for Neil.

Well played.

See all of Senior Writer Jim McCabe's pro-golf notes for the week here.

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