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“Nothing wrong with that,” he said. “It’s sweet.”

Uihlein might not be traveling to all corners of the globe if he had made it through the second stage of Q-school. And the quicker path to the PGA Tour still might be to toil on the Tour for one year. Good players shouldn’t need longer than that.

Then again, that’s assuming the sole purpose is to get to the PGA Tour as quickly as possible.

“I think it’s more than that,” Uihlein said. “It’s being a global player. It’s being able to play golf all around the world. Take Ernie Els. He plays in every country. You see his name everywhere. He’s received in different parts of the world. It’s a good experience.”

The trail created by Uihlein and Koepka is not for everyone, and both have said as much.

American players can go home on Sunday and stay for a few days before heading back out to the grind. Uihlein went from India to Johannesburg at the start of the year. In one stretch this summer, he went from Germany to Ireland to France to Scotland. That’s a lot of time in strange hotels that don’t carry the Boston Red Sox network.

“It can get lonely,” he said.

But looked what it has produced _ rookie of the year, a European Tour winner, a player tested in different conditions and different countries. Uihlein is 24.

“He’s been an absolute star the whole year,” European Tour chief George O’Grady said. “He’s enormously popular with all the other players. It must be tough for him playing all these different countries. He’s learned from the cultures, the food, the frustrations of travel. And he’s a hell of a good player. I imagine he’ll graduate to the PGA Tour one day. Hopefully, this will stand him in good stead.”

His work is not over. Uihlein started the year at No. 384 and is up to No. 64. Even if he gets in a majority of the majors and World Golf Championships, he still has to perform in them to make headway toward a PGA Tour card.

But odds are he’ll be better off when he gets there.