Was touted as one of the most talented young players in the world after he swept through the European Challenge Tour in 2013, and he lived up to his billing by capturing his first European Tour title at the Turkish Airlines Open by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in late 2014. Held off Ian Poulter in a tense final round, and the victory helped earn him the European Tour Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year and Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year awards for 2014. The previous year he won three times in seven appearances on the second tier to seal immediate promotion, and another highlight came at the US PGA Championship in August, where he was paired with his childhood hero Tiger Woods in the third round. Graduated from college in his native United States in May 2012 and subsequently played ten events on the Challenge Tour, finishing 43rd in the Rankings. Says his decision to play in Europe was fuelled by a desire to be a more rounded player.