After coming through the European Tour qualifying school last November – he took the fourth card there – he won only his third event on the circuit less than three weeks later.
That was the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, where a closing 68 gave him a two-stroke victory. A mere three months after that his second success on the circuit came at the Oman Open by one shot after starting the final round three behind. It made him the fastest player ever to win twice and led to his Open Championship debut now off the Tour’s “Race to Dubai” rankings.
Born in California, he attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and turned professional in 2015. With little success on the Web.com Tour his world ranking early last year stood at 1,187th, but then came a victory on the Asian Development Tour, followed swiftly by two top four finishes and then last July a joint second place behind Justin Harding at the Asian Tour’s Royal Cup. Following his two further wins he was close to entering golf’s top 100. According to the European Tour website he eats candy the night before every round as a superstition.