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Former U.S. Amateur champ Uihlein leads in Spain

Peter Uihlein
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USA's Tiger Woods shakes hands with Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke during the first round of the 2006 WGC American Express Championship held at the Grove Golf Club in Watford, Great Britain on September 28, 2006. PGA TOUR - WGC - 2006 American Express Championship - First RoundPhoto by Action Images/  - 

Since winning the U.S. Amateur in 2010, Peter Uihlein has largely struggled to find his footing on the professional level. Continuing the promising form that he has shown early this season, though, Uihlein fired a 4-under 68 Friday to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Open de Espana on the European Tour.

After turning pro late in 2011, the former Oklahoma State standout has focused almost exclusively on competing in Europe. His 2012 campaign included 21 starts across the European Tour and Challenge Tour, a developmental circuit that holds events throughout Europe and Asia, while Uihlein made only two starts on the PGA Tour last year.

A run of good play for Uihlein began last month, when he tied for fourth at the Tshwane Open in South Africa and tied for sixth at the Puerto Rico Open, taking home the two largest checks of his professional career in consecutive weeks. After missing the cut at the Tampa Bay Championship, Uihlein now appears in position for yet another high finish this week in Spain.

The lone American in the field at Parador de El Saler, Uihlein has made 11 birdies through his first two rounds, and at 6-under 138 leads by one shot over a trio of players. He was able to close Friday's second round in style, notching three birdies across his final five holes en route to a 68 on a day when only 12 others among the 156-player field managed to break 70.