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The quiet-spoken Welshman enjoyed a sensational 2005, notching his first and second European Tour victories, playing a part in Great Britain and Ireland's Seve Trophy success over Continental Europe at The Wynyard Club and winding up his campaign with a glorious victory alongside Bradley Dredge in the WGC-Algarve World Cup in Portugal. Finished tied 15th on his debut in the Volvo Masters in 2004 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. The two victories, allied to four other top-10 finishes, helped him to a career-high 17th place on the Order of Merit. Was not a stranger to success in his amateur days either and he 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 Tournament at Augusta National.
3 - 2005 Volvo China Open, Nissan Irish Open, 2006 Smurfit European Open
1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 73.23 (ranked 151st); money 37,918 or £27,084 (ranked 151st); Best finish, T5th, Sarazen World Open.
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 4; best finish T22nd Moroccan Open.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 71.40 (ranked 86th); money €192,554 or £19,7221 (ranked 97th); Best finish, 2nd Nort West of Ireland Open.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.92 (ranked 97th); money €189,483 or £120,817 (ranked 104th); Best finish, T8th, BMW Asian Open.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.36 (ranked 67th); money €261,5921 or £182,384 (ranked 80th); Best Finish, T4th Omega Hong Kong Open.
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.33 (ranked 44th); money €389,531 or £269,370 (ranked 58th); Best finish: T5th, The Heritage
2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 71.36 (ranked 54th); money €1,033,942 or £698,841 (ranked 17th); Winner, Volvo China Open, Nissan Irish Open