Made a stunning start to the 2015 season by winning his first title, at the South African Open Championship. Carded a final round four under par 67 to tie with home favourite Charl Schwartzel at 11 under, then saw off his rival with a birdie at the first play-off hole thanks to a sublime approach from the rough and a converted putt from ten feet. That followed an impressively consistent 2014 season, when he finished 33rd in The Race to Dubai – a jump of 65 places on his position the previous year – thanks to five top ten finishes. That campaign will also be remembered for his hole-in-one at the KLM Open – a feat which earned him a trip to space. Turned professional in 2011, and three months later he completed a meteoric rise to prominence by earning a debut campaign on The European Tour. Thanks chiefly to opening rounds of 65-66-67, he claimed the third card at the Qualifying School Final Stage, having successfully negotiated the Second Stage the week before. Was back at the Qualifying School Final Stage in 2012 after finishing 145th in The Race to Dubai, and again took the third card at the end of a steady week. Fulfilled a long-held ambition when he represented Great Britain and Ireland in the 2011 Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, where he won both his foursomes matches. Had previously won titles across the world in a globetrotting amateur career, including in Argentina, Australia and at the Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship. Is close friends with Steve Webster, having been born and raised in the same town of Nuneaton, and cites their fellow Midlands golfer Lee Westwood as his chief inspiration.