Won the Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1989, the same season that Great Britain and Ireland pulled off a spectacular Walker Cup victory over the United States at Peachtree in Georgia. Started out by searching for golf balls as an 11-year-old at Brynhill GC, Barry, in Wales, then graduated to full international honors for his country. A Nottingham Forest fan, he has a dislike of flying but regards the business as a 'necessary evil'. Coached by Terry Hanson, professional at Cardiff. One of the high spots of his amateur career was playing with Sandy Lyle and Curtis Strange in the 1990 Masters. Achieved a career-best 58th place on the Volvo Order of Merit in 2004 after appearing in his first Volvo Masters Andalucia in the 60th and last position. Finished tied 15th and used that performance as the springboard for his European Tour breakthrough in the following week's Volvo China Open, the first event of the 2005 season. Followed that with a second success in May when he won the Nissan Irish Open after a play-off with David Howell.
2 - 2005 Volvo China Open, Nissan Irish Open