MATT’S JOUR­NEY FROM ALPS TO CHAL­LENGE TO EURO­PEAN TOUR

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Au­gust 2011 Fin­ished run­nerup at the Czech In­ter­na­tional – his joint-best fin­ish as an am­a­teur. July 2012 Lost 2&1 in the first round of the English Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship – to Matt Fitz­patrick. Oc­to­ber 2012 Turned pro. De­cem­ber 2012 Fin­ished sev­enth at the Alps Tour qual­i­fy­ing school to se­cure his play­ing rights for 2013. He also took home £100 in “win­nings”. Jan­uary 2016 Started the year ranked 1,173 in the world and with­out a win in 46 starts on the Alps Tour. Fe­bru­ary 2016 Ended a four-year wait for a maiden Tour ti­tle at the Pyra­mids Open in Egypt.

June 2016

Made his Euro­pean Tour de­but at the Nordea Mas­ters, fin­ish­ing in a tie for 53rd. Later that month, he won for a fifth time in a row on the Alps Tour.

Oc­to­ber 2016

Took the hon­ours at the Alps Tour Grand Fi­nal – his sixth vic­tory of the sea­son – to fin­ish top of the Or­der of Merit and se­cure his Chal­lenge Tour card for 2017.

Novem­ber 2016

Suf­fered more heartache at the Euro­pean Tour Q-school where he missed out on the fi­nal stage by 14 shots.

March 2017

Couldn’t con­vert a 54hole lead at the Kenya Open, fin­ish­ing T3.

May 2017

Led from start to fin­ish at the Por­tu­gal Open to win his first-ever Euro­pean Tour ti­tle by three shots. Two weeks later, he qual­i­fied for the US Open at Walton Heath.

June 2017

Made his Ma­jor de­but at Erin Hills, but rounds of 76 and 75 meant he missed the cut by six shots.

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