Made his European Tour breakthrough when he won the 2011 Iskandar Johor Open, then 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. The win in Malaysia capped a fine season during which he had six other top tens and finished 24th in The Race to Dubai. 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, and second place at The European Tour’s KLM Open in his homeland. From 247th on The Race to Dubai in 2009, he ended 2010 28th thanks to share of second place in the Portugal Masters and five other top ten finishes. 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.