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US starlet turns pro on the European Tour
Former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein will not return for his final semester at Oklahoma State and is instead turning pro on the European Tour.

"There has been a great list of players who cut their teeth in Europe,'' Uihlein said, mentioning Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and Schwartzel. "They all started in Europe and gained great experience by playing different courses. It's a new challenge.''

The 22-year-old is one of America’s top prospects and has signed up with Chubby Chandler of British-based International Sports Management, joining a stable that includes Lee Westwood, British Open champion Darren Clarke and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

It's fun for us to have the responsibility of looking after Peter,” said Chandler. “He's a bit of pioneer, leading the way. This might start others doing the same sort of thing. The interesting thing about Peter is that he wants to do this, and he feels capable that he's going to do it.''

The idea of turning pro in January was to give the 22-year-old Uihlein an entire year to try to earn full status on a major tour.

He will begin his career exclusively on the European Tour, not only through sponsor exemptions but even on Europe's second-tier Challenge Tour.

Uihlein will is scheduled to make hios pro debut on Jan. 26-29 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, a tournament that boasts one of the strongest fields of the year with defending champion Martin Kaymer, world No. 1 Luke Donald, McIlroy, Westwood and Tiger Woods.

He also is expected to play in the Qatar Masters and Dubai Desert Classic, and possibly the Avantha Masters in India.

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