Was involved in one of the talking points of 2013 when he contested a nine-hole sudden-death play-off against Raphaël Jacquelin for the Open de España, which also featured Felipe Aguilar for three holes. Ultimately lost out to the Frenchman, but the performance was the foundation of an impressive rookie season. Was also in contention at the 2015 Nordea Masters, ultimately finishing tied third behind winner Alex Noren. That was one of a remarkable run of 22 consecutive events where he made the cut, the streak finally ending at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October. Hails from Düsseldorf, the same city as Martin Kaymer and, like the two-time Major winner, won on the Challenge Tour early in his career, claiming his maiden title at the Gujarat Kensville Challenge, the first event of the 2012 season. Showed nerves of steel to see off home favourite Rahil Gangjee at the first extra hole, making amends for his play-off defeat to compatriot Nicolas Meitinger in the 2011 ALLIANZ Challenge de France. It marked a successful maiden voyage to India for the then 20 year old, who was picked to compete in the 2010 Bonallack Trophy in Bangalore, before the event was cancelled due to the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.