Just missed out on an Open Championship debut last year when he finished joint runner-up in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, the final leg of the Open Qualifying Series each season, albeit eight strokes behind runaway winner Michael Kim.
That, coupled with a tie for fifth the previous week in the Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, helped him soar up the world rankings from 353rd to 223rd and by the time this May that he was second on his own behind Max Homa in the Wells Fargo Championship he had climbed into the top 80. A month later a bonus for that performance came when 14 players were allocated spots at Royal Portrush off the rankings. Dahmen, who has previously suffered from testicular cancer, turned professional in 2010 and was a member of the PGA Tour Canada until 2014 when he won twice and topped the Order of Merit to graduate to the Web.com circuit.
That led to further promotion to the PGA Tour by less than $1,000 when he finished 25th on their money list and he has continued to flourish, making his first two major appearances in this season’s PGA Championship and US Open.