Uihlein takes a 'break' from tournament action
WINDERMERE, Fla. – Close observers of college golf may have noticed that Peter Uihlein has been out of Oklahoma State’s lineup for the Cowboys’ past three events, including this week’s Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. The reason?
“He asked for a break after Olympia Fields and I told him he could take as long as he needed,” Oklahoma State head coach Mike McGraw said after Monday’s second round at Isleworth. “He just didn’t feel like he was ready to come back to competition yet.”
Uihlein, the 2010 U.S. Amateur champion and 2011 U.S. Walker Cupper, finished 41st at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational with rounds of 74-71-79. Oklahoma State, No. 13 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished third at the Golfweek Conference Challenge and 10th at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational without Uihlein in its lineup.
Oklahoma State is in ninth place through two rounds at Isleworth. The Cowboys’ 26-over 602 (295-307) leaves them 28 shots behind leader Texas. McGraw said Uilhein was feeling the effects of competing 12 out of 13 weeks this summer/fall.
“After Olympia Fields, he was absolutely spent,” McGraw said. “He asked me if it’d be OK if he took them off and I said absolutely. He’s given me a whole lot for 3 1/2 years. I think I owe him enough to let him get his mind right and get himself in the kind of mindset where he knows he can play.
“I owe him that much for sure.”