Missed cuts in the US Open and The Open in 2016 were easily forgotten when, only two weeks after Royal Troon, Jimmy Walker beat then world No.1 Jason Day by a stroke to become PGA champion.
Ranked 48th at the time – he had reached tenth early in the 2015 season - it secured a second successive Ryder Cup appearance for a player who did not taste success on the PGA Tour until his 188th event.
He had broken his duck with closing rounds of 62 and 66 at the 2013 Frys.com Open and the following year quickly added the Sony Open and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am before finishing in the top ten at three of the four majors.
He was twice a winner in 2015 as well, first making a successful defence of the Sony Open by nine shots and then beating Jordan Spieth by four at the Valero Texas Open.
Contracted Lyme disease in 2017 and took time out from the game but was a joint runner-up in The Players in 2018.
Wife Erin is a nationally-ranked showjumper and away from golf he is a keen astrophotographer.