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Winner of the 1997 U.S. Amateur Public Links, he hails from South Africa. Moved to North Carolina in 1995 to attend North Carolina State, in 1996, was selected NCAA first team All-American. Was an accomplished junior player in South Africa, winning many match play titles. Has had five holes-in-one, the first when he was just eight years old. Was the South African Junior Player of the Year in 1993. Played for South Africa in the 1996 World Amateur Team Championship. Not likely to forget Durban Country Club in a hurry. Born and raised close to Durban, he won three successive Natal Junior titles between the ages of 16 and 18. Also holds the amateur record there with a 66. Won twice on the Buy.Com Tour in the United States in 2000 to finish third on the money list to gain exemption on the US PGA Tour. Suffered a serious wrist injury in the 2001 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - his third and last start of the season. Had surgery to repair tendon damage in March. Returned to action in the first event of 2002 at Durban Country Club and won the Bell's South African Open. Won the pre-qualifier to gain entry then secured his maiden victory on The European Tour by two strokes from England's Steve Webster. Member of 2003 & '05 Presidents Presidents Cup team.
3 - 2002 & 2005 Bell's South African Open, Barclays Scottish Open
2 - 2000 Buy.Com Fort Smith Classic, Buy.Com Boise Open.
1999 Nationwide Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes -3; scoring average 71.62 (ranked 63rd); money $57,220 (ranked 46th); best finish T3rd, BUY.COM Louisiana Open.
2000 Nationwide Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes -7; scoring average 70.75 (ranked 21st); money $288,056 (ranked 3rd); Winner, Buy.Com Fort Smith Classic, Buy.Com Boise Open.
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; rounds played - 7 ; in money - 1; top-10 finishes - 0; money $21,750 (ranked 227th); best finish T-26th at the Touchstone Energy Tucson Open.
Returned because of a medical extension due to wrist injury, had 26 events to earn $384,602 and doubled that total.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 70.95; money €368,175 or £234,753; winner Bell's South African Open.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; rounds played - 73 ; in money -15; top-10 finishes - 3; money $632,609 (ranked 107th); best finish T-6th at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill and Disney Golf Classic
Scoring - 71.34 / (118th); driving distance - 275.7 / (140th); driving accuracy -74.3% / (21st); GIR - 66.4% / (77th); putting - 1.755 / (46th); birdie average - 3.85 per rd / (37th) / total birdies - 281; sand saves - 54.3% / (53rd); all-around rank - 635 / (58th).
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 9; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 70.96; money €656,582 or £453,731; Best finish, 2nd, South African Open.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; Rounds Played - 78; in money - 16; top -10 Finishes - 3; money $1,253,690 Rank (53rd); Best finish: 3rd at the PGA Championship
Scoring - 70.65 / (54th); Driving Distance - 273.3 / (180th); Driving Accuracy - 74.0% / (10th); GIR - 65.0% / (100th); Putting - 1.770 / (76th); Birdie Average - 3.51 per rd / (119th) / Total Birdies - 274; Sand Saves - 50.8% / (84th); All-Around Rank - 733 / (88th).
Posted four rounds in the 60s at the Funai Classic and finished T6. His $120,000 payday lifted him over $1 million for the second consecutive season
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.94; money €243,425 or £162,392; Best finish, T5th, Barclays Scottish Open.
2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; Rounds Played - 84; in money - 16; top -10 Finishes - 6; money $1,108,190 Rank (71st); Best finish: T-5th at the Valero Texas Open
Scoring - 70.53 / (34th); Driving Distance - 278.8 / (168th); Driving Accuracy - 72.0% / (13th); GIR - 65.8% / (78th); Putting - 1.764 / (56th); Birdie Average - 3.63 per rd / (70th) / Total Birdies - 305; Sand Saves - 53.3% / (40th); All-Around Rank - 620 / (50th).
16 top-25 finishes.
2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 70.50; money €1,306,066 or £882,769; Winner South Africa Open & Barclays Scottish Open.
2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; Rounds Played - 87; in money - 147; top -10 Finishes - 6; money $2,310,037 Rank (21st); Best finish: T-2nd at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
Scoring - 70.07 / (13th); Driving Distance - 283.8 / (140th); Driving Accuracy - 65.8% / (58th); GIR - 64.2% / (123rd); Putting - 1.731 / (5th); Birdie Average - 3.91 per rd / (10th) / Total Birdies - 340; Sand Saves - 62.7% / (2nd); All-Around Rank - 418 / (9th)