Came close to becoming the first player to win the European Tour Qualifying School Finals twice. In 1996, he lost his card by one place and a small matter of ?1,120 (£800), but reclaimed it by taking first place at San Roque. Three years on, he was back on the Costa del Sol with a one shot lead going into the last day, but finished second to Alastair Forsyth. A three-time winner on the Challenge Tour in 1993, he finished 17th to gain card in US PGA Tour School in 1997. Attempted to play in America and Europe in 1998 and admitted it was a mistake - 'I spent all my time on a plane!' Decision to re-focus totally on Europe paid off with victory in Madeira Island Open in 2000. Shot to international fame by finishing second to David Duval in the 130th Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2001. It was the first time he had played in a Major after six failed attempts to qualify for the Open Championship and he performed magnificently to earn a place in The European Ryder Cup Team. Proved he could handle the big occasion by pushing Ernie Els all the way in the 2002 Dubai Desert Classic before playing his part in Europe's memorable Ryder Cup triumph at The De Vere Belfry. Solid 2003 was followed by a modest 2004, in which he played a sizeable schedule in America but he started 2005 in style with victory in the Holden New Zealand Open. Six months later, he followed that with a second playoff victory when he won the Deutsche Bank Players' Championship of Europe after defeating Angel Cabrera at the third extra hole.
3 - 2000 Madeira Island Open, 2005 Holden New Zealand Open, Deutsche Bank Players Championship Of Europe
1995 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 72.81; money ?141,782 and £101,273 (ranked 56th); best finish T2nd, German Open.
1996 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 10; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 72.59; money ?70,346 and £50,247 (ranked 118th); best finish T11th, Oki Pro-Am.
1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 71.19 (ranked T30th); money ?223,118 and £159,370 (ranked 36th); best finish T2nd, Chemapol Trophy Czech Open.
1998 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 1; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 74.78 ; money ?6,988 and £4,992 (ranked 196th); best finish T46th, Murphy's Irish Open.
1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 3; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 73.26; money $20,360 (ranked 245th); best finish T41st CVS Charity Classic.
1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3, T13th Madeira Island Open, T8th Estoril Open and 82nd Volvo Scandinavian Masters
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.72 (ranked 56th); money ?322,757 or £191,952 (ranked 45th); winner Madeira Island Open.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 70.27 (ranked 13th); money ?1,224,588 or £761,398 (ranked 10th); best finish, 2nd British Open 7 T2nd at Murphy's Irish Open
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; rounds played - 12 ; in money - 3; top-10 finishes - 1; money $610,417 (ranked 85th-unofficial).; best finish T-2nd at the British Open
Lost his 3rd round match to Paul Azinger on the 20th hole at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 70.99 (ranked 24th); money ?1,982,849 or £626,677 (ranked 17th); best finish, 2nd Dubai Desert Classic and T2nd at Murphy's Irish Open.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 9; rounds played - 26 ; in money - 6; top-10 finishes - 1; money $272,378 (ranked 162nd - unofficial); best finish T-9 at the Accenture Match Play Championship
Scoring - 71.59 / (n/a); driving distance - 281.1 / (n/a); driving accuracy -65.6% / (n/a); GIR - 61.9% / (n/a); putting - 1.824 / (n/a); birdie average - 2.81 per rd / (n/a) / total birdies - 73; sand saves - 46.2% / (n/a); all-around rank - / (n/a).
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.03 (ranked 29th); money ?784,445 or £549,545 (ranked 22nd); best finish, T3rd, Linde German Masters.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; Rounds Played - 42; in money - 10; top -10 Finishes - ; money $639,982 Rank (106th - unofficial); Best finish: T-7th at the FBR Capital Open
Scoring - 69.88 / (na); Driving Distance - 287.6 / (na); Driving Accuracy - 64.8% / (na); GIR - 60.3% / (na); Putting - 1.789 / (na); Birdie Average - 3.33 per rd / (na) / Total Birdies - 140; Sand Saves - 49.1% / (na); All-Around Rank - / (na).
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 8; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 71.60 (ranked N/A); money ?258,959 or £179,077 (ranked 83rd); best finish, T5th, Barclays Scottish Open.
2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; Rounds Played - 60; in money - 10; top -10 Finishes - 0; money $265,423 Rank (172nd); Best finish: T-16th at the Buick Invitational
Scoring - 72.06 / (175th); Driving Distance - 289.1 / (77th); Driving Accuracy - 61.6% / (140th); GIR - 61.5% / (177th); Putting - 1.806 / (171st); Birdie Average - 3.17 per rd / (177th) / Total Birdies - 190; Sand Saves - 40.7% / (189th); All-Around Rank - 1222 / (191st).
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