American Peter Uihlein won the European Tour, Madeira Islands Open, his first career win on the Tour.
Peter Uihlein with his first Trophy/ Getty Images
Peter’s nerveless last round of -4 under par, 68 and tournament total of -15 under par earned him a two-shot victory at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra, in Portugal. He said he was thrilled and delighted with the victory;
” I’m just thrilled, to do it playing well on the back nine, coming down the stretch, is sweet. I know Morten played a heck of a round and Mark played really well so it was nice to come out on top. I just knuckled down I guess. It was all putting that did it today, I was just trying to free up and they started to roll in so it was nice. I hit some good putts coming down the stretch. When I was at the 17th I saw Morten was on 15 under and I thought it might have been a little more difficult but when I got to the 18th green I obviously saw he had dropped back. I’m just delighted to have won.”
This win confirmed to Peter that he had made the right choice in starting his professional career on the Challenge Tour and European Tour, on the advice of his father.
“ A year ago I wasn’t even thinking about playing, I was just really struggling, it’s a funny game. But I’ve learned a lot over the last year. When you’re struggling, it’s one of those things, you hate it when it happens but it’s almost the best thing that could happen to you. It definitely was for me and I’m pretty happy with how things turned out. You grow up quick out here and that was the main reason I came over. It’s been a good process so far and hopefully I can keep going.”
Tied in second place were Morten Ørum Madsen and Mark Tullo, at -13 under par for the tournament.
Mark reported that it had been a positive week.
” It was a very positive week, I could have won this tournament. I had three bogeys from 100 yards today which hurt a lot, but hats off to Peter. He played really well on the back nine and that’s what you need to do to win tournaments. I didn’t do that but it was very close and that’s a positive. Maybe there’s something further along the road for me in a big tournament.”
Morten Ørum carded an impressive -5 under par, 67 to finish tied second alongside Mark, both on 13 under par. Unfortunately for Morten his score included a six, on the last hole.
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