Endured a roller coaster finish to the 2015 season, securing his playing rights for the 2016 campaign by finishing tied 11th – thanks largely to a brilliant final round 65 – in the UBS Hong Kong Open, the last regular event. Thought he had finished 111th in the Race to Dubai – rising from 118th – but despair turned to delight when he moved up into the final exempt spot a day later after Brooks Koepka was removed from the rankings for not fulfilling the minimum number of events. Was a superb achievement given that he started the season without a full European Tour category, having finished 17th in the 2014 Challenge Tour Rankings. Managed to play 21 events, and good performances in Morocco, Russia and in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – one of eight cuts made from his final nine events – earned him a first full season on the European Tour in 2016. Showed considerable promise as a junior, winning four Faldo Series events. Turned professional in 2007 and played on the Challenge Tour every season – with the exception of 2013, when he played on the Alps Tour – from 2008 until his promotion to the top tier in 2015.