Celebrates his 31st birthday as The Open starts. Survived the 36-hole Final Qualifying event for the third time in four years, producing two rounds of 67 at St Annes Old Links on July 2 to be joint first alongside Garrick Porteous with three Royal Portrush places available to the 72-strong field.
Missed the halfway cut at Royal Troon and Carnoustie, but has more experience under his belt now. Victory in the 2011 Lytham Trophy helped earn him selection for the Walker Cup later the same season and at Royal Aberdeen he partnered Andy Sullivan to two wins, while losing his first singles to Jordan Spieth and then making a crucial 30-foot putt on the last to halve with Nathan Smith as Britain and Ireland won 14-12.
Also hit the headlines that week for initially having his brother Joe, a professional, as his caddie. That was against the rules and he had to switch. Has so far made eight trips to the European Tour qualifying school without success, but won on the Challenge Tour in 2015.