Ryan Moore arrived on the PGA Tour determined to do things differently.
A man not motivated by fame or money, he is somewhat of an eccentric on the fairways and has been known to wear a tie when he plays.
When he won the Wyndham Championship for his first professional title in 2009, Moore became the first professional in the modern era to win without a club or apparel sponsor. Quite simply, Moore says this decision was all about his desire "to be me. 100%". And he turned down large endorsement deals early in his career in order to ensure his independence on the golf course.
Even the way he turned professional was fairly unique, with only a certain Tiger Woods doing the same in recent years.
When Moore entered the professional arena in 2005, he brought with him an amateur career that was as celebrated as that of Woods. And the anticipation was almost on a similar level.
Moore won the US Amateur, the US Amateur Public Links (twice), the Western Amateur, the NCAA Division I Championship and the Sahalee Players Championship. He finished 13th in the 2005 Masters to end the week as the lowest amateur in the field.
And like Woods he didn't need a trip to Qualifying School to secure his PGA Tour card. Moore became the first player since Woods in 1996 to go straight from college to the PGA Tour in one season, earning enough from sponsors' exemptions in his rookie season to secure a card.
He struggled with a wrist injury in 2006, but still enjoyed a solid season highlighted by his finish of tied ninth in the PGA Championship.
Lingering problems with his wrist and a shoulder injury led to some inconsistency through to the 2009 season. Moore missed a string of cuts in 2009 and slid down the world rankings, with one of the few highlights in the first half of the season being his tied 10th place in the US Open.
But he finished the year strong with his first victory on the PGA Tour in the Wyndham Championship.
In 2010 he played in all four Majors for the first time in his career with a top finish of tied 14th in the Masters.
Moore's second PGA Tour title came in 2012 when he won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. And in 2013 he added his third title when he won the CIMB Classic. Two of his three victories to date have been won in playoffs.
Moore's penchant for doing things his way was nowhere more evident than when he won his first title.
The young star turned down an invitation from the sponsor to fly on their private jet to the next Tour event.
Instead Moore preferred to spend the evening at a local steakhouse celebrating with some friends over a quiet dinner.
He has described himself as "a creature of comfort", and his debut in the Nedbank Golf Challenge could lead to a very comfortable relationship in the future between "Africa's Major" and the young American.