The son of two Olympic medalists in tabletennis (his mother Jiao Zhimin represented China and his father Ahn Jae-hyung represented South Korea), the USA-based player earned a rookie season on The European Tour for the 2015 season. Spent three years on the Challenge Tour, finally earning a maiden title at the prestigious 2014 Rolex Trophy, in the process becoming the first Korean to win on the second tier, as he sealed third place in the Rankings. After a stellar amateur career, in which he set the record as the youngest winner of the US Amateur Championship when he claimed the title in 2009, he took the advice of his friend Peter Uihlein’s father by deciding to begin his professional career in Europe. Did not quite rocket through the second tier tour as some had predicted but steadily progressed as a more confident and consistent player before a tied 26th place finish at The 2014 Open Championship gave his confidence a significant boost. A share of second place the following week on the Challenge Tour kicked off a purple patch which included his victory in Geneva and four more top fives. A huge Manchester United fan.