Earned a debut in The Open Championship in 2015 thanks to a fine performance in the Alstom Open de France a fortnight earlier. Had led by two shots going into the final round at Le Golf National thanks to a third round seven under par 64, but finished with a 73 for a share of third place. However, his consolation was one of the three spots available for the year’s third Major at St Andrews. Played mostly on the Sunshine Tour until he earned a European Tour card at the Qualifying School in 2010, and enjoyed three promising subsequent campaigns until injury plagued his 2014 season. Had surgery on both knees and came back in 2015 on a medical exemption, notching three early top ten finishes. Started playing the game as an 11 year old and turned professional at 21. Has won 13 Sunshine Tour titles, including four in 2010. Was the South African Amateur Champion in 2000. Like compatriot Charl Schwartzel, he has a passion for flying. Started hang-gliding five years ago, and hopes to gain his pilot’s licence one day.