Earned a place at Carnoustie as one of the leading non-exempt players on the PGA Tour FedEx Cup points standings a month before the Championship, but his place at Royal Portrush was secure when he qualified for the season-ending Tour Championship.
The 6ft 5in Kizzire, one of the tallest men on the circuit, gained his maiden victory in the 2017 OHL Classic, beating Rickie Fowler by a stroke, and then added the 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii when he overcame James Hahn in a play-off. They needed six extra holes to settle the issue.
Third at the 2003 US Junior Open, he turned professional five years later, but did not really make his mark until 2015 when he was the Web.com Tour’s Player of the Year, winning twice and recording nine top 10 finishes.
On stepping up to the PGA Tour he was a joint runner-up at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, finishing a stroke behind Smylie Kaufman, and a year later was pipped to the Safeway Open by Brendan Steele.
Not even in the world’s top 300 late in 2017, he has since been close to entering the leading 50.