Made his European Tour breakthrough in May 2011 at the Open de España, which was an emotional week as Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros died on the Saturday. Had already had seven top 15 finishes that season but clinched victory at Real Club de Golf El Prat. First picked up a club at the age of four when his brother taught him the grip. By the age of nine he was receiving instruction from the renowned coach Martin Witcher, who included Tony Johnstone and Mark McNulty among his pupils, and at the age of 14 joined his academy at Randpark Golf Club. Anton Haig was a fellow pupil at the academy. Loves all sport, especially rugby. Played cricket at provincial level as a fast bowler and in his mid-teens had to choose between tennis and golf, opting for the latter on the basis that the scenery was more interesting. Sporting genes run in the family with his mother, father and uncle all competing in various sports at provincial level, a brother was one of the country’s top tennis players. On the golfing front he enjoyed a glittering amateur career and in 2001 was crowned South African Amateur of the Year in recognition of his ten wins and 15 top three finishes. Topped the 2005 Sunshine Tour’s Winter Swing and competed on the Nationwide Tour in America in 2007 before earning his European Tour card through the Qualifying School Final Stage.