Stood 161st on the world rankings this March when his closing 15-foot birdie putt took the Honda Classic in Florida by one stroke from top 10 stars Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler. A week later was prominent again at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
With winner Francesco Molinari, runner-up Matthew Fitzpatrick, joint third-placed Tommy Fleetwood and Rafael Cabrera Bello already exempt for Royal Portrush his tie for sixth alongside Rory McIlroy and Matt Wallace – also exempt – was good enough to take the second of three Open spots up for grabs as part of the Qualifying Series.
“I actually played Portrush about 15 years ago with my dad - it was really tough,” he said. “I also went to Royal Troon when Todd Hamilton won. Darren Clarke gave me his glove – I’ll never forget that.” 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. Was runner-up to Brice Garnett in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship on his sixth start last year – he was ranked 361st at the time - and then tied for third at the AT&T Byron Nelson."