Started playing golf aged ten and also excelled in other sports, representing his county of Wick low in Irish Gaelic Football and his province of Leinster in tennis. Decided to focus solely on golf in his early teens and later studied at the University of Alabama, following in the footsteps of compatriot Graeme McDowell. Burst onto the scene in 2015 when, as an amateur, he shared the lead heading into the final round of The Open at St Andrews. His 204 (-12) 54-hole total was a record low for an amateur in the game’s oldest Major. Slipped back after a testing final day. Capped a life-changing year by coming through all three stages of Qualifying School. Retained his card, finished sixth at the 2017 Tshwane Open and then lost Play-off to Edoardo Molinari at the 2017 Trophee Hassan II.