Pushed Rory McIlroy all the way in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai in 2015, but ultimately came up one stroke shy of the World Number Three. Despite settling for second, the performance capped a magnificent season, during which he won his first three European Tour titles. Triumphed twice in as many months in Johannesburg, first capturing the South African Open Championship presented by the City of Ekurhuleni, where he beat Charl Schwartzel in a play-off by holing a ten-foot birdie putt after a sublime approach from the rough. Added the Joburg Open eight weeks later, and in October romped to a nine stroke victory in the Portugal Masters, equalling the lowest total of the season at 261. Will remember 2014 for the hole-in-one at the KLM Open which won him a trip to space, and his rise to the top level of the game was equally meteoric. Turned professional in 2011 after representing Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, where he won both his foursomes matches. At the end of that year he earned a debut campaign on the European Tour by taking 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. Won titles across the globe in a stellar 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.