Burst to prominence on June 30 when he won the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic wire-to-wire by six strokes when ranked as the world’s number 353.
Two places at Royal Portrush were up for grabs as part of The Open Qualifying Series, yet he was not even part of the field in Detroit until David Berganio withdrew on the eve of the tournament. His only previous top 10 finish this year was a tie for eighth at the Puerto Rico Open in February, but he was a three-time winner on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica in 2016 and had further success on the Web.com Tour the following season.
All that followed his time at the University of Arizona struck by tragedy when his parents and girlfriend, having flown to watch him play, died when their single-engine Cessna jet crashed.in bad weather. “Golf was a release, somewhere to get away from it all,” he said in a 2017 interview.
“For the first few years after the crash, it just always felt like something bad was going to happen." He actually quit the game nearing his 30th birthday in 2012 and worked in real estate, but was back playing six months later.