Coming off 10 top-10s and his first Ryder Cup appearance in 2010, the next season was a little disappointing for the fifth-year tourist but there were glimmers of hope throughout. He had top-10s in four of the five events where he shot 66 or better and a late-season surge brought optimism for the 2012 season. Four solid rounds in the 60s gave him a T-6 at the McGladrey Classic in October. Two weeks later he made his first visit to Asia for the Barclays Singapore Open and CIMB Asia Pacific Classic. He took the lead in Kuala Lampur with his best score of the year, a second-round 62 that set the course record at The Mines Resort & GC. He finished second by a shot, his best finish since a T-3 at the AT&T National, where he had a second-round 65. An opening 64 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship led to a T-8. His first solid finish of the season was a T-6 at the weather-challenged Honda Classic near the end of his season-best stretch of seven straight cuts made.