Former American amateur champion Peter Uihlein has made a landmark decision after turning professional by joining the European Tour.
The youngster joined International Sports Management and will start his career alongside the likes of Lee Westwood and Open champion Darren Clarke.
"The PGA European Tour plays all over the world from the United Kingdom to China, from Korea to South Africa and from the Middle East to Southeast Asia," he said.
"Those players who have played on the tour, and who are still members, make for a pretty impressive list.
"I just feel the ISM team is well-positioned to help me achieve my goals."
Managing director of ISM Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler admitted it was a brave move for the American to make.
"It is a pioneering move by him – the obvious step would have been to try to establish his career in the United States," he said.
"But having seen players like Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Clarke build careers by playing all over the world, including America, Peter has been encouraged by that.
"I'm sure that he will benefit enormously from the experience."
Uihlein is set to make his professional debut in January 2012 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.