Fifth in both the Dunhill championship and the Smurfit European Open represented the Dutchman's best returns of 2004 on his way to 69th on the Volvo Order of Merit. Remembered for sparking joyous scenes in his native Netherlands when, in October 2003, he became the first home player to win the Dutch Open since Joop Rühl lifted the trophy in 1947 in Eindhoven, ironically, Lafeber's birthplace. Closed with a round of 67 at Hilversumche Golf Club to overtake Søren Hansen and win by a shot. Helped him finish in 29th place on the Order of Merit, his best finishing position since joining the Tour in 1998, and meant he had at last found the key to unlock the door to victory having knocked on it on several occasions Former Dutch, Swiss and Spanish Amateur champion, he earned his card at the Qualifying School in 1997 but lost it at the end of the 1998 season, despite having sold shares in himself to a group of businessmen in order to support his endeavors on The European Tour that year. However, the shareholders? faith in him was handsomely repaid at the end of the 2004 season when he bought them out at a profit of 85 per cent per share! Played on the Challenge Tour in 1999 and qualified in the top 15 of the Rankings, thanks largely to victory in the Tusker Kenya Open in 1999 and a second place in the Challenge Tour Championship. Represented The Netherlands in the World Cup in 1999, 2001 and 2004.
1 - 2003 Dutch Open
1 - 1999 Tusker Kenya Open
1998 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 13; in money - 3; top-10 finishes - 0; stroke average 74.37; money ?7,469 or £5,335 (ranked 194th); best finish T14th, Madeira Island Open
1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 5; in money - 2; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 72.14; money ?45,008 or £32,149 (ranked 144th); best finish T5th, TNT Dutch Open.
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 72.24 (ranked 94th); money ?186,602 or £110,9771 (ranked 85th); best finish T6th, Volvo Scandinavian Masters.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 72.08 (ranked 144th); money ?183,435 or £114,052 (ranked 103rd); best finish T3rd, Caltex Singapore Masters.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 71.12 (ranked 32nd); money ?465,944 or £297,092 (ranked 49th); best finish T2nd, Madeira Island Open.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 5; stroke average 70.72 (ranked 17th); money ?726,788 or £506,723 (ranked 29th); Winner Dutch Open.
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.50 (ranked 61st); money 302,427 or £209,136 (ranked 69th); best finish, 5th, Dunhill Championship.
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