Enjoyed a season beyond his wildest dreams in 2012, winning four times en route to finishing in sixth place in The Race to Dubai, having earned his card at the 2011 Qualifying School Final Stage. Came mightily close to adding to his haul of European Tour titles when he lost out to Phil Mickelson in a sudden-death play-off at the 2013 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Also came close to winning the Volvo Golf Champions for a second time at the start of 2014, but fell one shot short of his compatriot Louis Oosthuizen’s winning mark. Heralds from a golfing family, as he is related to Michiel Bothma and Darren Fichardt. His technique has drawn praise from the legendary Gary Player, who knows a thing or two about the game, having accrued more than 100 titles around the world. Came through the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation, which recognises and helps nurture youngsters with golfing talent.