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International Victories (7)
CURRENT YEAR HIGHLIGHTS
Backed up an outstanding 2015 season on the European Tour with a solid effort in 2016, highlighted by a runner-up finish (by three strokes) to Joost Luiten at the KLM Open. No fewer than nine top-20 finishes during the season, led by the runner-up finish at the KLM Open, T7 at the BMW International Open and T10 at the Lyoness Open. Turned in two top-25 finishes in 11 PGA TOUR starts, led by a T14 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and T17 at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Played in four PGA TOUR tournaments during the year, with a T15 at the PGA Championship his only made cut in three medal-play outings. Opened with rounds of 68-68-65 at Valhalla GC and was in solo second, a stroke behind 54-hole leader Rory McIlroy. Stumbled to a Sunday 74 in Louisville.
Only made PGA TOUR cut in two starts was a T64 at The Open Championship (missed the cut at the PGA Championship).
Won twice on the European Challenge Tour and earned his 2011 European Tour playing privileges. A week after finishing T2 at The Princess, two strokes behind winner Thorbjorn Olesen in Bastad, Sweden, he came back to shoot a final-round 62 at the Allianz Golf Open de Lyon in France to take a two-shot victory over Joel Sjoholm. After bogeying the final hole of his third round at Golf du Gouverneur, he birdied five of his first eight holes in the final round then added two birdies and an eagle—a 6-iron to 3 feet on No. 15—for his career-low round and first title. Added five other top-10s and missed the cut in his only two European Tour starts.
Splitting time between the European Challenge Tour and the European Tour, he struggled and didn't turn in a top-10 all season. Best Challenge Tour showing was a T13 at the Dutch Futures in Halfweg, Netherlands.
After a T6 early in the European Challenge Tour season, at the 77 Abierto Visa del Centro, he found his stride during a two-week summer stretch. Was again T6, at the Scottish Challenge and his 6-under 65 tied him for low second-round score.
Played on the European Challenge Tour, with his top performance a T13 at the Ecco Tour Championship, on the strength of three consecutive 67s to finish the tournament, and a T14 at the Man No Open at Adamstal GC in his native Austria.
Made his professional debut at the BA-CA Golf Open as a sponsor's exemption in his native Austria. Opened with an even-par 71 and was tied for 58th after the first round. By the third round, he was one of nine players tied for four, nine strokes behind Markus Brier. He shot a final-round 67 to finish at 14-under and T4, nine back of Brier.