A fifth place finish on his debut in the 2014 Nedbank Golf Challenge gave South Africans their first glimpse of the talent of Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
And this year, Aphirbarnrat returns as a two-time winner on the European Tour in 2015 and a three-time winner overall.
He won the Shenzhen International with a magnificent finish in which he eagled the 17th in regulation play to tie for the lead, and then beat Li Hao-tong with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
And then in August he beat Marc Warren in the semi-finals and Robert Karlsson in the final to win the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play.
It was an incredible turnaround for a golfer who struggled to regain his form after the death of his longtime coach Natpasit Chokthanasar in December 2013.
Aphibarnrat was born Anujit Hirunratanakorn but decided to change his name for what Thais believe is a sign of good luck.
His amateur career included winning his age group at the Junior World Golf Championships in 2003 and 2004.
Aphibarnrat then turned professional in 2008. A year later he broke through in spectacular fashion when he won the Singha Pattaya Open by 11 strokes on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.
Aphibarnrat has progressed steadily ever since.
In 2011, he claimed his first victory on the Asian Tour in the SAIL Open. And then in 2013 he broke through on the European Tour when he won the Maybank Malaysian Open.
In 2013 he also impressed on the PGA Tour when he finished tied third in the CIMB Classic and tied fifth in the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf, as well as tied 25th in the PGA Championship. He capped a magnificent 2013 by taking the top spot on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Known as the Asian John Daly for his unathletic physique, Aphibarnrat is also often referred to the most exciting young player to emerge from Asia.
He was first exposed to the game of golf at the age of eight. "I used to follow my dad to the range, and I thought, ‘this sport looks interesting'."
Yet there was a time when a career in motor racing held his attention more than golf.
"If I wasn't a golfer, I'd probably be a racing car driver. I love the Fast and Furious movies - from the first to the last," he says, adding that he abandoned this pursuit because it became "too dangerous".
In 2015, Aphibarnrat has taken his game to an entirely different level with two victories on the European Tour of which he is understandably proud.
"I'm always saying, Thailand is a small country in Asia. I am so proud of myself, and I can show them that we also can win out of Asia. That's all I have to do. Now it's my next step to win in Europe."
Or perhaps in Africa.