Endured a torrid start to 2015, missing the cut in his first nine events, but found some form in the second half of the year and was in the money in all but two of his subsequent 14 events to retain his card for 2016. Played 2015 on a medical extension after a back injury kept him sidelined for much of the previous year. Graduated from the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2013 to earn a European Tour card for the third time. That came after a sabbatical in Thailand over the winter renewed his hunger for the game, and inspired him to rediscover the form that earned him three Challenge Tour titles between 2007 and 2010. Boasted a formidable amateur record before turning professional at the end of 2006 upon graduating from the Tennessee State University, playing in the 2005 Walker Cup and collecting the 2005 Scottish and Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play Championships as well as the English edition in 2006.