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For a young man who professes a love of biographies, the Australian is writing a pretty impressive chapter in golf's history books about himself. Started by securing his European Tour card for 2001 in just eight starts as a professional, clinching his place by finishing tied sixth at the Linde German Masters. Went on to finish 13th in the Volvo Order of Merit that year and moved to seventh in 2002 thanks to storming victories in the Qatar Masters by six shots and the Diageo Scottish PGA Championship at Gleneagles by ten shots, which represented the biggest winning margin of the year and his winning total of 26 under par 262 was the lowest of the season. Finished third in the 2003 WGC - Accenture Match Play before getting back on the winning trail in Aug. with victory in the Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters, a month before he claimed his maiden success on the US PGA Tour with victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Finished 2003 in 11th place in the Volvo Order of Merit. Success in the paid ranks did not come as a surprise as he was ranked the World's Number Two Amateur before turning professional in June 2000. Held several amateur course records including a ten under par 63 in the 2000 Greg Norman Holden International in which he finished tied 37th. Won both the Australian and New Zealand Junior titles. Coached originally by his father, Phil, a registered PGA professional, but now under the guidance of Butch Harmon. Won the Australian National Junior championship twice, the 1997 World Junior and the New Zealand Junior. Member of the 2003 & '05 Presidents Cup team.
5 - 2001 Alfred Dunhill Championship, 2002 Qatar Masters, Diageo Scottish PGA Championship, 2003 Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters, 2005 Johnnie Walker
3 - Deutsche Bank Championship, 2004 Players Championship, Booz Allen Classic.
2000 PGA European Tour Summary (as a professional)
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 6; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.92 (ranked 15th); money €146,119 or £86,901 (ranked 102nd); best finish T5th, Benson and Hedges International Open.
2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; rounds played - 12 ; in money - 1; top-10 finishes - 0 money $10,200.; best finish T44th at the Air Canada Championship;
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 70.12 (ranked 11th); money €898,626 or £558,729 (ranked 13th); winner Alfred Dunhill Championship.
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; rounds played - 20 ; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; money $93,025 (ranked 221st-unofficial); best finish T-11th at the Honda Classic.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 70.54 (ranked 8th); money €1,361,776 or £868,286 (ranked 7th); winner Qatar Masters, Diageo Scottish PGA Championship.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 10; rounds played - 30 ; in money - 7; top-10 finishes - 2; money $431,407 (ranked 137th - unofficial); best finish T-6 at the Shell Houston Open.
Had 6 top-25 finishes
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.46 (ranked T78th); money €1,152,527 or £803,552 (ranked 11th); Winner Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; Rounds Played - 46; in money - 11; top -10 Finishes - ; money $1,238,736 Rank (55th / $1,744,236 - 37th - unofficial); Best finish: Win at the Deutsche Bank Championship
Scoring - 70.33 / (na); Driving Distance - 299.2 / (na); Driving Accuracy - 61.5% / (na); GIR - 62.1% / (na); Putting - 1.796 / (na); Birdie Average - 3.37 per rd / (na) / Total Birdies - 155; Sand Saves - 43.5% / (na); All-Around Rank - / (na).
At the age of 23 years, 8 months and 12 days, became the youngest winner of THE PLAYERS Championship, with rounds of 65-72-69-72--276
2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; Rounds Played - 52; in money - 12; top -10 Finishes - 7; money $3,724,984 Rank (7th); Best finish: Win at The Players Championship & Booz Allen Classic
Scoring - 70.10 / (13th); Driving Distance - 295.4 / (30th); Driving Accuracy - 57.7% / (174th); GIR - 65.6% / (83rd); Putting - 1.757 / (37th); Birdie Average - 3.96 per rd / (9th) / Total Birdies - 206; Sand Saves - 59.3% / (7th); All-Around Rank - 545 / (37th).
Won the rain shortened and unofficial Nissan Open (rain shortened event to 36 holes)
2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; Rounds Played - 68; in money - 11; top -10 Finishes - 6; money $2,592,255 Rank (15th); Best finish: T2nd Booz Allen Classic
Scoring - 70.20 / (21st); Driving Distance - 300.1 / (23rd); Driving Accuracy - 57.4% / (175th); GIR - 67.2% / (40th); Putting - 1.790 / (131st); Birdie Average - 3.56 per rd / (83rd) / Total Birdies - 242; Sand Saves - 39.3% / (188th); All-Around Rank - 737 / (81st)