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Uihlein Cruises in Sahalee Players Championship


Peter Uihlein showed why he's one of the world's best amateurs. The Oklahoma State junior closed with a 4-under 68 to win the Sahalee Players Championship by seven strokes.

Uihlein held a two-shot lead over Andrew Putnam of University Place, Wash., entering the final round. The Orlando native finished at 17-under-par 271 on the 7,403-yard, par-72 Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

The Home Course held the 2010 Sahalee Players Championship because the usual site, Sahalee Country Club east of Seattle, is preparing for the U.S. Senior Open, which starts at the end of the month.

Uihlein will have positive vibes when he returns to the Pacific Northwest in late August as the Home Course will serve as the Assisting Course for the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in Tacoma.

Putnam closed with a 1-over 73 to finish alone in second at 10-under 208. Three strokes behind Putnam was Sahalee Players' defending champion Nick Taylor. Taylor, the 2010 winner of the Ben Hogan Award as the NCAA's top collegiate player, carded a 68 Friday.

Mitchell Evanecz (70) of Red Deer, Alberta, and Bryan Martin (72) of Thousand Oaks, Calif., ended up tied for fourth at 282, 11 strokes behind Uihlein.