Plays in The Open for the first time since his 2013, when he won a 36-hole International Qualifying event in his native South Africa.
Did not play another major after that until last year’s PGA Championship, then this April tied for 12th on his Masters debut, just good enough to guarantee himself a return to Augusta National next season. His place at Royal Portrush comes after a climb into the world’s top 50 by the end of May, no mean feat given he was not even in the leading 700 at the start of 2018.
Then had four wins in the space of 12 weeks, two on African soil and two in Asia, and in March fired a closing 66 for a two-stroke success at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, his first European Tour title.
A week later was a joint runner-up at the Kenya Open and with that entered the top 50 for the first time, just in time to earn himself a Masters start. Played college golf in Texas before turning professional in 2010, then won a tournament in each of his first three seasons on the Sunshine circuit.