Jamie Donaldson is a three-time European Tour winner, finished runner-up in a World Golf Championship and has a top 10 at a Major.
At one point he sat in the top 25 in the world rankings and who could forget his outstanding performance at Gleneagles to earn the point that won Europe the 2014 Ryder Cup?
And yet the genial 46-year-old says he perhaps owes his career to an incredible four days at Royal Portrush 10 years ago.
The 2012 Irish Open was an historic event as it was the first to be played north of the border since 1953 and, ultimately, it paved the way for The Open to return to our shores in 2019.
But for Donaldson, it proved to be historic for more reasons than that.
“That was a massively important week for me at Royal Portrush because everything took off for me after that,” says the Welshman, speaking exclusively to Sunday Life Sport.
Coming into the week, Donaldson had played in 255 European Tour events without recording a victory. He’d had to battle a genetic spine condition, while his career to that point had yielded 32 top-10 finishes but none of them had ended with him taking home silverware.
But that changed on the north coast. The Pontypridd man was superb all week on the Dunluce Links, taking a one-shot lead over England’s Anthony Wall into the final round and excelling on the Sunday.
He had to battle back from a two-shot deficit to Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg at one point, but five birdies in his last seven holes saw him claim a four-shot win at 18 under par and finally end his wait for a European Tour win, signing it off in style with a 25-footer for birdie on the final hole.
“I’d been up there a bit coming up to the tournament, I’d been playing well leading up to that. I was just trying to hit the shots in front of me. I didn’t look at leaderboards, I just kept hitting good shots,” he recalls.
“The birdie at the 18th was just awesome. I was trying to lag it up, so for it to go in was just amazing.
“I had a great night celebrating, I’ll tell you that! There are some great spots around Portrush to celebrate in and it felt like the whole town was in there. That was a really special night.”
From there, Donaldson’s career took off and went from strength to strength. A seventh-placed finish followed at the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island before his second win came at the prestigious Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship the following year.
And after he finished runner-up to Patrick Reed at the WGC-Cadillac in 2014, his third win arrived at the Czech Masters the same year, while his Ryder Cup appearance at Gleneagles was unforgettable as his Sunday singles win over Keegan Bradley secured the trophy for Europe.
And Donaldson admits his career might have taken a completely different path were it not for his triumph at Royal Portrush.
“Winning there gave me the confidence to know I could win at this level and it took me to all sorts of places. You win one and it opens up a lot of doors,” he admits.
“I got into the Majors, I got into the World Championships, into the top 50 in the world and all of a sudden you’re playing in much better fields and you have to get used to that pretty quickly.
“You get used to watching better players more often and that forces you to get better to keep up with them.”
His star has waned a little in recent years, Donaldson being winless since 2015 and down to 200th in the world rankings, but he heads to Mount Juliet for this week’s Irish Open keen to add another piece of Waterford crystal to the one he still has sitting in the bar in his house.
“I love it in Ireland, every time I come back I have such a great feeling,” he adds.
“I feel like I’m playing pretty well at the moment too, so hopefully I can put together four good rounds and give the fans something to cheer about again.”