One of Europe’s five debutants in September’s Ryder Cup triumph in Paris, combining with Paul Casey for a fourball win over world No 1 Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. It followed a climb up the rankings from outside the top 100 to 13th in under two years.
Runner-up to Alex Noren in the 2016 Scottish Open and joint fifth in The Open at Royal Troon a week later, his maiden European Tour success came the same season at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, including a course record-equalling 62 in the third round at St Andrews. He retained the title in 2017 before adding the Italian Open the following week.
Had also made his mark at the 2016 DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, losing by one to Matthew Fitzpatrick, and his 2018 efforts included a tie for third at the WGC-Mexico Championship, joint sixth at the US Open, joint 10th in the PGA Championship and second place at the Dunhill Links, where he was trying to become the first player since Tiger Woods to win a European Tour event three years in a row.
All of this after he had graduated from the Challenge Tour only in 2015.