Darren Andrew Points is unashamedly a mama's boy.
When he was 12, he lifted a putter out of his mother, Mary Jo's golf bag and claimed it for himself. He used it to win a few amateur titles. But most notably, it was the putter that earned him his second PGA Tour victory when he won the Shell Houston Open this year.
And when he played in the Masters for the first time in 2011, Points asked his mother to caddie for him in the Par-3 contest.
Points's impeccable manners is also most likely the influence of his mother. When he won the weather-delayed Shell Houston Open late on a Sunday, he thanked the gallery for staying. In fact, Points is known as the man who thanks galleries after rounds just for coming.
This Illinois native is certainly grounded in the true values of life. He lists his parents as his heroes, as well as his 11-year-old nephew Carson, who struggles with a rare but curable form of cancer.
Points enjoyed a solid amateur career in which he was crowned Illinois amateur champion three times. He made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the 1999 US Amateur before losing to Tiger Woods 3&2. Shortly after, Points turned professional.
He won in his rookie season on the Web.com Tour, and went on to claim a total of four victories here.
From 2005 to 2008 Points drifted on and off the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. But in 2009 he truly found his feet on the PGA Tour when he recorded four top-10s on his way to finishing 66th on the final moneylist and earning over $1 million in a season for the first time in his career.
His most impressive performance that year was the back-to-back 65s he shot on the weekend of the HP Byron Nelson Championship for a then career-best finish of third.
The 2010 season began with missed cuts in his first two tournaments, but Points rallied to claim three top-10s that year and retained his PGA Tour card. His year included a nine-under-par 61 in the Greenbrier Classic on his way to finishing tied fourth.
Points finally broke through in 2011 when he teamed up with his childhood idol Bill Murray to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. And he did so with a magnificent shot on the par-five 14th hole, where he holed a 90-metre wedge shot for an eagle.
That same year he also claimed his first top 10 in a Major when he finished tied 10th in the PGA Championship.
In 2012 Points was denied another victory when he was beaten in a playoff by Rickie Fowler for the Wells Fargo Championship.
Points's 2013 season was highlighted by his second PGA Tour title, but his consistency was again a major factor as he claimed another four top-10s.
Points is very much about doing things the right way in his career, especially in the way he carries himself on tour. And he's taken the lessons of senior professionals to heart.
"That's a huge advantage to have that guy say, listen, this is how you do it. When you get on Tour, this is how you act, this is how you think, this is how you prepare."
But he refuses to accept pressure from anybody but himself.
"My pressure to do well; it's not from anybody else. Maybe this is arrogant, but I don't care if anybody else wants me to do well, but I want to do well for myself and my family, because I want to win. That's why I'm here. I want to win golf tournaments. I want to play in the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup, and play in these events and be an elite player. That is the pressure I put on myself. I want to use that, but not overuse it."