Started the week of the 2004 Volvo PGA Championship in 396th position on the Official World Golf Ranking and finished it in 95th and ?625,000 richer after claiming his first victory on The European Tour. Celebrated his 30th birthday with a second round 71 at Wentworth Club, going on to equal the tournament record of 269, 19 under par, just four weeks after the birth of his first child, Keira. His career is somewhat parallel to that of Sandy Lyle. Both come from Shropshire, both played amateur golf for England and both took Scottish nationality from their father when they turned professional. Joined the paid ranks in 1996, having been an international at boys, youth and senior levels. Was not an easy transition initially, although he played the Challenge Tour in 2000, finishing ranked 57th. Claimed his second Challenge Tour victory, after his Open des Volcans success of 2001, with a play-off win in the Open de Toulouse in October 2003 en route to finishing seventh on the 2003 Rankings.
1 - 2004 Volvo PGA Championship
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 2; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 74.11; money ?18,359 or 11,706 (ranked 213th); best finish, T58th, Dunhill Links Championship.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 5; in money - 5; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 71.58; money ?11,514 or £8,028 (ranked 246th); Best finish, T36th South African Airways Open.
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