My golf career began over a pond in my backyard. My dad said he would take me to the golf course when I could consistently hit balls over the pond. I practiced for hours and hours until I finally conquered the pond.
I played some junior golf but we couldn’t afford to travel to many events, so I wasn’t highly recruited. The UF coach, Buddy Alexander, took a chance on me after I was passed up by many other schools. He remains one of the most influential people in my life.
In 2007 I was picked for the Walker Cup team (basically the junior version of the Ryder Cup). The US team included Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson and the Great Britain and Ireland team included none other than Rory McIlroy. We won 3-1 at Royal County Down in Ireland.
I turned pro in 2009 when the FedEx St. Jude Classic gave me an exemption for my first professional start. I was sidelined with an injury in 2010 and had a difficult few years where I had to go to Q-School 3 times to regain my tour card. It was one of the toughest times in my career but I am a fighter and I never gave up.
In 2013 things started to click for me. I got my first professional win at the Zurich Classic when I learned that attitude is the key to playing well. I’m proud to say I became part of US Open history by hitting all 18 greens in one record-setting round during the US Open at MERION.
I knew I was playing good golf throughout most of the 2014 season, but results did not show until the playoffs…pretty good timing! I finished second at Deutsche Bank Championship, won the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship by Coca Cola to clinch the FedEx Cup. I am the youngest winner to date and my goal is to win it again.