The 2011 U.S. Open champion had a rough 2015 PGA Tour season, finishing in the top 10 just once in 15 tournaments, and failing to make the cut in nearly half of the events he entered.

New season, new start.

McDowell kicked off his 2016 PGA Tour season with a playoff victory in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, vaulting himself up the FedEx Cup standings and setting a much better tone for this year.

The Irishman was already guaranteed a spot in the 2016 Masters Tournament, due to his U.S. Open victory – major tournament champions are afforded a five-year exemption to compete at Augusta National Golf Club.

The resiliency is bound to give McDowell a strong confidence boost as he looks to build himself back up in the world game. His Official World Golf Ranking jumped from 85 to 62 – a far cry from his top-10 ranking from 2011 and again in 2013.

But one could say this Irish’s luck has officially turned, just in time for the 2016 Masters and rest of the PGA Tour season.