Uihlein runs away with Sahalee Players title

Oklahoma State sophomore Peter Uihlein during Round 1 of the NCAA Championship.

Oklahoma State sophomore Peter Uihlein during Round 1 of the NCAA Championship.

Peter Uihlein put the finishing touches on a seven-shot victory at the Sahalee Players Championship Friday, shooting a 4-under 68 at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash. Uihlein, a rising junior at Oklahoma State, finished the week with a tournament-record 17-under 271, breaking the previous scoring record of 272 set by PGA Tour player Ryan Moore in 2004.

Uihlein started the week with a 6-under 66 to take an early share of the lead with Jens Bracht. His 1-under 71 in Round 2 was the only round in which he failed to break 70, and he would go on to close the tournament with rounds of 66-68.

Uihlein, who was T-7 at last month’s Sunnehanna Amateur, is the No. 2-ranked amateur in the world behind Georgia’s Russell Henley. Uihlein was the medalist at the NCAA Southeast Regional, and was T-2 at the NCAA Championship. He finished the season ranked No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Andrew Putnam, a rising senior at Pepperdine, was second at 10-under 278. Nick Taylor, the Washington standout who won the 2009 Sahalee Players and was this year’s Hogan Award winner, finished third at 7-under 281.

Mitch Evanecz and Bryan Martin were T-4 another shot back.

The Sahalee Players normally is contested at Sahalee Country Club, but since that course will host the U.S. Senior Open at the end of July, the tournament was moved to The Home Course.

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