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International Victories (4)
Recorded his first top-10 finish of the European Tour season with a T8 at the UBS Hong Kong Open. In his next start, finished 16-under 272 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, tied for second with Dustin Johnson and just one stroke shy of champion Tommy Fleetwood's winning score.
Finished No. 51 in the Race to Dubai standings for the second-consecutive season, with a season-best T6 at the Maybank Championship Malaysia.
Garnered his fourth European Tour title and second BMW International Open when he shot a final-round 66 in Munich to edge Henrik Stenson by a shot at GC Munchen Eichenried. A second-round 66 gave him a one-shot, 36 hole lead over James Morrison. Struggled to a 2-over 74 in the third round and fell into a tie for fifth, five shots behind Morrison with 18 holes to play. Recovered nicely on the final day, playing bogey-free, with five front-nine birdies and a late birdie on No. 16 to seal the win. Failed to crack the top 10 in his final 11 starts of the European Tour season, finishing No. 51 in the final Race to Dubai standings. Was in contention all week at the Trophy Hassan II in Morocco in late-March. Shot rounds of 70-69-73-68 but came up two shots short of winner Richie Ramsay at the Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir. Finished T3 with five others.
Made four PGA TOUR medal play starts, with his top showing a T63 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
His stellar season ended with him winnng the Henry Cotton Award as the European Tour's Rookie of the Year. Picked up his first European Tour win with a dominant performance at the Open de France Alstom. Earned a spot in the field by making his way through a 36-hole qualifier. Opened with a 65-70 at Le Golf National in Paris to hold a share of the lead with David Lynn. Owned a three-stroke lead over Soren Hansen and Colin Montgomerie at the 54-hole mark, shot a final-round 67 and defeated Montgomerie by four strokes.
Playing on the European Challenge Tour, enjoyed a fourth-place showing at the Postbank Challenge. Other top-10 came at the AGF-Allianz Open des Volcans-Challenge de France, where he T8.
Played in eight European Challenge Tour events, with his best finish a T7 at the Vodafone Challenge ending a distant six strokes behind winner Martin Kaymer.