Came through the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2011, finishing 14th, and spending much of the following winter practising in Spain paid dividends as he retained his European Tour playing rights by taking 115th place in The 2012 Race to Dubai. Started the season well with a tie for eighth place in the Africa Open, and his best performance was a share of seventh place in the Irish Open. In 2013, he came agonisingly close to a maiden victory at the Omega European Masters but was denied in a play-off by Thomas Björn, although consilation came in his biggest cheque on tour and a aguaranteed card for 2014. Played his first season on The European Tour in 2008 after coming through the 2007 Qualifying School – a friend lent him the money for the entry fee and he won the First Stage before embarking on a 190-hole, 15-day marathon to complete the Second and Final Stages. The former Scottish Boys Stroke Play champion subsequently lost his card after finishing 186th, and dropped back to Scottish PGA events in 2009 before working his way back up to the top tier.