The former U.S. Amateur champion won the Madeira Islands Open, had two runner-up finishes, earned €1,360,268 ($1,839,762) and was No. 14 in the season-long Race to Dubai.
“It’s an honor to win the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it, but it’s been a great year and I’m very pleased. Any time you’re the first of anything, it’s neat.”
A former Oklahoma State standout, Uihlein struggled after turning pro in December 2011. After spending a season on the European Challenge Tour, the 24-year-old locked up his European Tour card by winning the Madeira Islands Open in May.
He followed that breakthrough with runner-up finishes at both the Wales Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He was T-5 at the BMW Masters, the first event in the Euro Tour’s Final Series, but did not finish in the top 50 in his next three tournaments.
After his award-winning season, Uihlein is now ranked 64th in the world. He ended last year at No. 384.
Following the path blazed by Uihlein and Brooks Koepka, his South Florida-based roommate, more Americans than ever before (83) tried their luck this year at European Tour Q-School. Four U.S. players were among the 27 who received their cards for the 2014 season.