Played in The Open as European Amateur Champion in 2008, but this will be his first major since then – and he could not have it later to gain a place in the field at Royal Portrush.
Three spots were on offer at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open on Sunday and with a round he was in a tie for 13th. But then came a bogey-free nine under par 62, which put him into a play-off with Bernrd Wiesberger.
The Austrian won at the third extra hole. Also came close to winning last year’s Belgian Knockout, only to lose out in the final of the nine-hole knockout competition to Adrian Otaegui.
In 2014 won three Challenge Tour titles, making him the first player to do that in two different seasons on the developmental tour. He played for the French Amateur team for three years, and also represented his country in the Eisenhower Trophy world amateur team championship. His parents are Jean-Luc, a former pentathlete, and Françoise, a former swimmer, both of whom now work as teachers, and he spent some of his childhood in Tahiti from age 14 to 18.