Claimed the tenth card at 2016 European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage to regain his European Tour playing rights. Had a nail-biting finish to the 2014 season when, with one event left, he occupied the last place to maintain full playing rights, but made the cut in the ISPS HANDA Perth International to secure a third consecutive season on the European Tour. Developed nerves of steel in gaining his card at the Qualifying School Final Stage in 2010 (as an amateur), 2011 and 2012. An avid Formula One fan, he graduated from plastic clubs to real ones aged five before joining Ashton Under Lyne Golf Club near his home in Manchester – the club he is still attached to – at seven. Highlight of his amateur career was his victory at the British Boys Championship in 2006 at Royal Aberdeen. Had hoped to return there for the Walker Cup in 2011, but the lure of turning professional and competing on the European Tour proved too strong to resist. Hopes to follow in the footsteps of his friend and compatriot Danny Willett, who has established himself on the European Tour after coming through the Qualifying School. Cites Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy as his three golfing heroes.