After 12 consecutive visits to The European Tour Qualifying School, his patience and perseverance were finally rewarded when he won the 1999 Estoril Open. The 1985 French Amateur Champion was on the brink of giving the game up after once again failing to gain a card in 1998 but visits to a sports psychologist over the winter persuaded him otherwise. It proved a wise decision as he followed his victory in the French PGA Championship two weeks earlier with his first European Tour victory. A consistent performer on The European Tour, his best finish in 2003 was joint fourth in the Johnnie Walker Classic.
2 - 1999 Estoril Open, 2004 French Open
1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 5; top ten finishes - 0; stroke average 73.48 ; money ?28,802 & £20,573 (ranked 160th); best finish T18th, Novotel Perrier Open de France.
1998 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 11; top ten finishes - 0; stroke average 72.63 ; money ?51,070 & £36,478 (ranked 131st); best finish T11th, Cannes Open.
1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 13; top ten finishes - 2; stroke average 71.73 (ranked 56th); money ?201,513 or £143,938 (ranked 57th); won the Estoril Open.
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 14; top ten finishes - 4; stroke average 72.49 (ranked 113th); money ?178,389 or £106,092 (ranked 89th); best finish T5th, Mercedes Benz - South African Open.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 14; top ten finishes - 1; stroke average 72.16 (ranked 155th); money ?230,339 or £143,215 (ranked 86th); best finish, 2nd Via Digital Open de Espana.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 20; top ten finishes - 5; stroke average 71.35 (ranked 56th); money ?549,440 or £350,330 (ranked 38th); best finish, T2nd Qatar Masters.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 18; top ten finishes - 2; stroke average 71.35 (ranked 67th); money ?281,579 or £196,320 (ranked 74th); best finish, T4th, Johnnie Walker Classic.
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