Won the 1999 Open de Cote D'Ivoire Open on the Challenge Tour. Also has won four mini tour events, 1995 Panshanger Classic East Region, 1996 Mizuno Assistants Championship, Hippo Tour Championship. Won the Hippo Tour Order of Merit in 1996. Enjoyed a tremendous start to his European Tour career, winning a title in each of his first two seasons. His first year culminated in winning the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. Fought out a close contest with Alastair Forsyth for the prestigious award, but made sure of success when landing the Italian Open in Oct. 2000, ultimately finishing 31st on the Volvo Order of Merit - 15 places above Forsyth. Claimed a second Tour title six months later, capturing the 2001 Moroccan Open. Took up the game at the age of four when dad, Terry, a single figure handicapper, gave him a cut-down three wood. Older brother, Danny, is also a professional, as an assistant at Chadwell Springs, Ware, Hertfordshire. Turned professional at 19. Won the Open de Cote d'Ivoire on the Challenge Tour in 1999 but finished 30th and had to visit the Qualifying School to win his card in 23rd position. Might have had a chance of finishing in the top 15 on the Challenge Tour, but for tripping over his golf bag leaving the BIL Luxembourg Open and suffering torn ligaments and tendons in his ankle, necessitating a lengthy recuperation.
European Challenge Tour
1 - 1999 Open De Cote D'Ivoire
3 - 2000 Italian Open, 2001 Moroccan Open, 2003 Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.78 (ranked 62nd); money ?447,507 or £266,143 (ranked 31st); winner Italian Open.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 71.44 (ranked 88th); money ?736,460 or £457,901 (ranked 24th); winner Moroccan Open.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 71.03 (ranked 28th); money ?832,560 or £530,851 (ranked 24th); winner Italian Open.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 71.10 (ranked T31st); money ?1,500,855 or 1.046,410 (ranked 5th); winner The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open, Nordic Open.
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