That went well as he won the Madeira Islands Open this May, thus earning his European Tour card for the rest of the season.
On Monday he was honored for his success by becoming the first American to win the European Tour rookie of the year award.
"It's an honor to win the Sir
Uihlein also noted what a launching pad his first win was for the rest of his season.
"The win in Madeira was great and I had a lot of top tens. I played well all week in Madeira and handled myself well in the wind, and it was nice to get the job done. The win opened a few doors for me and I was able to play at Wentworth (the BMW PGA Championship) the following week.
"I was supposed to start the year on the Challenge Tour, but instead I was 11th in The Race to Dubai heading into the final event, so it wasn't what I'd planned on but obviously it's fantastic the way it has worked out."
Lee Westwood said on Twitter he got to break the news to Uihlein.
May I be the first to congratulate @PeterUihlein on rookie of the year as I'm sat next to him on a plane and he had no idea! Joyoftwitter!— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) November 18, 2013