Stood 161st on the world rankings in March 2019 when his closing 15-foot birdie putt took the Honda Classic by one from Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler.
A week later he was prominent again at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. With winner Francesco Molinari, runner-up Matthew Fitzpatrick and the joint third-placed Tommy Fleetwood and Rafael Cabrera Bello already exempt for Royal Portrush, Mitchell’s tie for sixth was good enough to take the second of three spots up for grabs as part of The Open Qualifying Series.
At the same event in 2020 he came joint fifth and that was again enough to earn an Open berth as winner Tyrrell Hatton, Marc Leishman, Sungjae Im and Bryson DeChambeau were exempt.
At the age of 12 he was in the crowd at the 2004 Championship at Royal Troon when Todd Hamilton won. “Darren Clarke gave me his glove – I’ll never forget that,” said Mitchell.
The former University of Georgia student turned professional in 2014 and played on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica before earning promotion to the main circuit through the 2017 Web.com Tour. On his sixth start the following season he was runner-up to Brice Garnett in the Corales Puntacana Championship and then tied for third at the AT&T Byron Nelson.