Uihlein to use Transitions as Masters prep

Peter Uihlein during the championship match of the U.S. Amateur.

Peter Uihlein during the championship match of the U.S. Amateur.

Peter Uihlein told Golfweek that he will play the PGA Tour’s Transitions Championship March 17-20 in Palm Harbor, Fla., as preparation for his first Masters appearance.

The U.S. Amateur champion earns an invitation to the Arnold Palmer Invitational March 24-27, but Uihlein said he had to “respectfully decline” the invitation because it interferes with classes at Oklahoma State. The Transitions, which granted Uihlein a sponsor exemption, is during Oklahoma State's spring break.

Uihlein has ties to the Tampa area. He attended the IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, and won the 2009 New Year’s Invitational at St. Petersburg Country Club. He lives in Orlando when not in school.

Uihlein, the U.S. Amateur champion, will be playing his first major championship April 7-10 at Augusta National. The U.S. Am champ is traditionally paired with the defending Masters champion, meaning Uihlein likely will be paired with Phil Mickelson at Augusta National.

Uihlein’s triumph at Chambers Bay also earned him invitations into the U.S. Open and British Open and a handful of other PGA Tour events. He competes Friday-Sunday in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.

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