by Jeff Skinner
In a surprise announcement top amateur Peter Uihlein has decided to forego his last semester at Oklahoma State University and turn professional. Uihlein also stunned many when he said he signed with ISM and Chubby Chandler.
Uilhein was born with a golden putter in his hands, so to speak as his father, Wally is the head of Acushnet and all things Titleist. Uihlein plans to give the European Tour a shot and will get at least seven starts with sponsor’s exemptions. It comes as a shock because Uihlein had always said he was staying in college because he was in no hurry to turn pro. It also says something about the power of Chandler that he could steal such a high profile player from the American agents.
A good portion of the field for the 2012 Masters was decided as the final Official World Golf Rankings were announced. The Masters invites the top fifty golfers in the world and Masters regulars Ernie Els and Retief Goosen are 56 and 53 respectively. They both could qualify with a PGA Tour win and can also work their way back into the top 50.
Check out this tribute to Kim Jong Il and get ready for a good laugh. He only played golf once and shot 38 under par with 11 aces.
As Steve Elling points out, an amazing feat went mostly unnoticed last week. While most of us were concerned with Luke Donald being named PGA Tour Player of the Year, Tom Lehman was named The Champions Tour Player of the Year. Lehman is the first player ever to earn POY honors on all three main U.S. tours. He was POY on the Nationwide Tour (Hogan Tour) in 1991. In 1996 he won the Open Championship and was Player of the Year.
Lehman is one of those players that never goes away. After struggling to make a living playing golf he was the beneficiary of the Hogan Tour which gave players a chance to hone their game. He made the most of it and has had a wonderful career. You won’t meet a more genuine man in golf. This could be a record that stands for a very long time.