Was joint leader after three rounds of the recent U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, but in the end had to settle for a share of 13th place.
As an amateur he tied for 16th in the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach – unusually only good enough on that occasion to be joint low amateur with Scott Langley.
The University of Georgia student was named America’s outstanding college player that year and as well as earning a Walker Cup cap the following season – Jordan Spieth, Harris English and Patrick Cantlay were among his team-mates – he became only the second amateur to win a Nationwide Tour event.
Two years later he was the PGA Tour’s first debutant champion for 12 years with a victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii, which included three rounds of 63.
His second success came at the 2014 Honda Classic after a play-off with Rory McIlroy, Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer, but his third title at the 2017 Shell Houston Open has proved to be his most recent and he had to wait until June 30 for his place at this year’s Open as one of the leading non-exempt players on the world rankings.