Always one of the most consistent players on Tour since gaining his card at the 1997 Qualifying School, finally achieved his maiden victory in his 158th start when he won The 2003 Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters at the Marriott Forest of Arden. But only just managed to defend his title with the help of painkilling injections as he was suffering a back injury at the time. That was his last tournament for three months, as he finally succumbed to a bulging disc and underwent surgery, returning to action at the Nissan Irish Open. Spent weeks prior to surgery sleeping on the floor. Prior to his victory, his career highlight had come in the 130th British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2001. Led the field after 35 holes then holed his second shot for a remarkable albatross at the 11th in the third round. Taught by David Ridley at Coxmoor GC. Joined management team, run by snooker promoter Barry Hearn in 1999.
1 - 2003 Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters
1998 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.52; money £73,940 (ranked 89th); best finish 7th, One 2 One British Masters.
1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 72.47 ; ?177,033 or £126,452 (ranked 64th); best finish T3rd, Trophee Lancome.
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.52 (ranked 40th); money ?364,878 or £217,002 (ranked 39th); best finish T3rd, Brazil Sao Paulo 500 Years Open.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 25; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 70.69 (ranked 30th); money ?626,201 or £389,346 (ranked 32nd); best finish T4th, Linde German Masters.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 71.70 (ranked 77th); money ?557,655 or £355,568 (ranked 37th); best finish 3rd, Canarias Open de Espana.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.46 (ranked 78th); money ?808,179 or £563,470 (ranked 21st); Winner Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters.
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 10; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.04 (ranked 24th); money ?216,539 or £149,742 (ranked 94th); best finish 7th Qatar Masters & T7th Heineken Classic. After his season in Europe came over to the United States to play in his first PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament, made it through all three stages to finish T4 and earn his initial PGA Tour card for 2005.
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