Thrilled the home crowds by winning the KLM Open in 2013, beating Miguel Angel Jimenez in a play-off to become the first home winner of the Dutch national open in ten years. Was his second title of the season, following victory in the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity, where he held off a charging Thomas Björn on the final day to double his tally, 19 months after making his breakthrough in the 2011 Iskandar Johor Open. Afterward that maiden triumph he travelled straight to China - where his parents were waiting to celebrate the victory with him - to represent Holland alongside Robert-Jan Derksen in the Mission Hills World Cup. A wrist injury sustained at the 2008 BMW Asian Open kept him out of action until late 2009, but once restored to full fitness, the Dutchman displayed the talent which had earned him rave reviews during his rookie professional season which included two victories on the Challenge Tour in his first six events in 2007. Started golf as a nine year old when his uncle took him to a driving range in downtown Rotterdam. Won the 2005 German and Spanish Amateur Open titles as well as the Dutch National Open. Inspired The Netherlands to a surprise victory at the 2006 Eisenhower Trophy, playing his last five holes in six under par.