At that point, he had status on only the Australasian and China Tours which was hardly enough to provide a full playing schedule or a bank balance capable of funding a campaign to bigger and better things.
Now it is a case of just how on earth Nisbet might fit all the opportunities he has created for himself into his schedule.
That task begins this week at the Panasonic Open in Osaka, Japan where, as a result of his victory near Queenstown in early March, Nisbet has a start in the Asian and Japan Tour co-sanctioned event.
The win at Millbrook Resort and the resultant Asian Tour status has created an embarrassment of riches for the 27-year-old in terms of playing options for the remainder of the year and it is now a case of how best to manage those opportunities.
Since that breakthrough victory, Nisbet has focused on a strict training regime to prepare himself for a full season on the Asian Tour, three invites to Japan Tour events, full status on the PGA Tour of Australasia and any other starts which may come his way.
Working closely with his coach Richard Woodhouse, Gold Coast-based Nisbet is also blessed by his marriage to former ALPG professional and now fitness trainer Ashley (nee Ona).
Together, the trio have spent hours priming him for a busy campaign in the months ahead.
“We have been in a training block since NZ,” said coach Woodhouse this week. “It has been a heavy schedule ahead of this week.
“Daniel is looking very good. He has put in a really good block of training with Ashley and myself. His game appears to be in really good shape.”
Following this week, Nisbet has starts at the Volvo China Open (an event jointly sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours), the Asian and Korean Tour’s Caltex Maekyung Open in Seoul, US Open Sectional Qualifying in Japan plus two more Japan Tour invites.
If Nisbet can creep into the top-10 on the Asian Tour money list, he will earn a start in the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Malaysia in October.
And let’s not forget what a 5th place finish in that event in 2014 did to elevate Nisbet's fellow Queenslander Cameron Smith onto the world stage.
Nisbet will be joined in this week's event by fellow Australians Scott Hend, Brad Kennedy, Brendan Jones, Matthew Griffin, Todd Sinnott, Terry Pilkadaris, Jake Higginbottom, Won Joon Lee, Japan Tour rookie Aaron Wilkin and New Zealander Michael Hendry.
The event carries prizemoney of (equivalent) $1.8 million.
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