Not too many people might know, but the Challenge Tour is the second tier golf tour in Europe, just like the Nationwide Tour is in the U.S. It might not be that well known since not a lot of people even pay all that much attention to the regular European Tour.
This week marks the first time that Peter Uihlein, the kid from Oklahoma State, will be making his debut as a professional golfer. Ok, so most of you are probably saying…who??? How is a player with so much talent as Uihlein playing the Challenge Tour and not the PGA Tour? Especially considering he won the US Amateur title and he was one of the best college players of his era. Who is this Uihlein???
The reason why Uihlein will be in India this week, so far away from his Florida home, is simple. It is because he got a sponsor invite. He is floating around without any full status so this is a great way to get playing time and a chance to win and build his confidence. I wish him all the best on this new journey. You will also be able to see him in a few weeks on the regular European Tour. Overall, I admire his will. Other players might have passed on such an invite, but he didn’t. He proves that he is humble and ready to play his way onto the big tour. There is no doubt in my mind that Uihlein will make it onto the PGA Tour. It is simply all a matter of when he will do so. I am confident he will find the winners circle soon.
The player that will have all eyes on him will be Indian born, Gaganjeet Bhullar, who became the first Indian to win in the twenty three years of the tour. He will look to try and add to that magical history. He has a tough task in front of him, as one of the favorites to win the event is Shiv Kapur. Kapur is the man to beat and he is sure to be getting all of the attention from the locals.