Peter Uihlein European Tour Rookie of the Year  (Getty Images)

Peter Uihlein spent 2013 successfully competing on the European Tour  and was named Rookie of the Year. Uihlein earned $1,892,280 in his first full year in Europe.

The 24-year-old New Bedford, Massachusetts native won Rookie of the Year honors after finishing the Race to Dubai in 14th position capping off a year that is sure to launch this young man into the spotlight in 2014.

Uihlein is the first American to win the prestigious Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. The recipient is selected by The European Tour, The R&A and the Association of Golf Writers. Uihlein is following in the footsteps of some of the most notable players in golf including Sir Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie to name a few. The award was started in 1960.

Peter joined the Challenge Tour in 2012 after failed attempts at European and PGA Q Schools. The Challenge Tour is much like the Web.Com Tour sanctioned by the European Tour but operated a little differently.

A year as a journeyman on the Challenge Tour found Uihlein winning in Portugal and the Madeira Islands Open BPI in May of this year. With that victory came his biggest check for $247,760 but more importantly it launched Peter onto the European Tour where his record included T2 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, T5 BMW Masters and T2 Wales Open.

Uihlein played his college golf at Oklahoma State University and in 2009 was named to the Walker Cup Team posting a perfect 4-0 record. In 2010 Peter was ranked the number one amateur in the world and on his 21st birthday won the United States Amateur.

Peter Uihlein has proven his talent overseas and at home. Now, the only question yet answered is will he continue on the European Tour or come back across the Pond and start his PGA TOUR career in 2014.