Climbing into the world’s top 50 earned him a first Open start in 2016 and he returned at Royal Birkdale after qualifying for the PGA Tour’s season-ending Tour Championship, then at Carnoustie as was one of International captain Nick Price’s two wild cards for the 2017 Presidents Cup.
Now he plays in Northern Ireland because 14 extra spots were available to players based on the rankings on June 24. He was a graduate of the 2011 European Tour qualifying school and a first win almost came in dramatic fashion at the 2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where he made a 65-foot eagle putt on the last after his approach over the lake had clattered into a hospitality tent and rebounded onto the green, but Stephen Gallacher pipped him by one.
After ending that year with a six-stroke victory at the Argentina Open he received an invitation to the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open and made it into a five-way play-off before losing to Alex Cejka. He then won the Web.com Tour Championship to qualify for the main circuit, becoming their 2016 Rookie of the Year after winning his very first event as a member, the Frys.com Open after a play-off with Kevin Na.