Born in Pretoria, he hails from a golfing family and is related to fellow-pros Michiel Bothma and Darren Fichardt. Came through the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation, which recognises and helps nurture youngsters with golfing talent, won the 2006 South African Amateur Stroke Play and turned professional the following year. Played the Challenge Tour in 2008, 2010 and 2011 before enjoying a season beyond his wildest dreams in 2012, winning four times having earned his card at Qualifying School. Has since added a further three European Tour wins, including two in Qatar, a career-high third place finish in the 2015 Race to Dubai, one victory on the US PGA Tour, and four Major Championship top five finishes to his name. Became the first International player in Presidents Cup history to win all five matches in 2015.