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International Victories (4)
Recorded the biggest of his three European Tour titles at the BMW PGA Championship, holding off Rikard Karlberg by one stroke and Masters champion Danny Willett by two strokes. Seized the lead during the final round by equaling Willett's tournament-record front-nine score of 29 from earlier in the week, moving out to a four-stroke lead at the turn over clubhouse leader Karlberg, who closed with a 65. Struggled on the final holes, with three bogeys during a four-hole stretch on Nos. 14-17, but a nondescript par on the final hole was good for a final-round 69 and one-stroke victory. The win came in his seventh appearance at the BMW PGA Championship (fourth in 2015 was his previous-best finish) and 195th European Tour start. Became the first Englishman to win the event since Luke Donald in 2012. Additional top-10 finishes during the season came at the NedBank Golf Challenge (3), Lyoness Open (T6) and Omega Dubai Desert Classic (T8). Advanced to the weekend in two of his four major championship starts, finishing T42 at the Masters Tournament and T23 at the U.S. Open. In addition to his finish at Oakmont, T20 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard marked his only other top-25 finish in eight PGA TOUR starts.
Added two top-10s in Asia late in the season, finishing T7 at the Barclays Singapore Open and then shooting a final-round, 7-under 63 the following week at Hong Kong GC to T10 at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
Enjoyed five top-10 European Tour finishes, with three of them coming in consecutive weeks in May. T3 at the BMW Italian Open, followed by a T6 at the BMW PGA Championship and a T5 at the Iberdrola Open.
Had a successful first full year on the European Tour, winning Rookie of the Year honors, with top-10 finishes, his best coming at the South African Open, the Celtic Manor Wales Open, the European Open and The Open Championship, where he T3. Shot a final-round 67, tied for the lowest final round at Turnberry's Ailsa Course. Also T76 at the PGA Championship in his first tournament in the United States.
Then an amateur, finished T5 at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. He turned professional shortly after and played in eight European Tour events. Earned his playing rights for 2009 by finishing fifth at the European Tour Qualifying School.