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Playing in his first professional tournament in the United States, recorded rounds of 67-68-64-69 to finish the Virginia Beach Open at a tournament-record 20-under 268, five shots clear of his nearest challenger. His winning total shattered the previous 72-hole tournament record by five shots, and his five-stroke winning margin equaled Ryuji Imada's record set in 2000. The third-round 64 equaled the course record and led to him bettering the tournament 54-hole record by four shots. Collected $81,000 to move to No. 8 on the Tour money list. Solidified his position inside the top 10 on the money list, with consecutive third-place showings at the Chattanooga Classic and the Peek'n Peak Classic, finishing just one shot behind the winner at each event. Was in Springfield on Tuesday of tournament week preparing for the Price Cutter Charity Championship when he got the call that Trevor Immelman had pulled out of the British Open, thus moving him from the first alternate position into the field as a result of his No. 80 ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking at the time. Went on to finish T61 in his second British Open appearance, after having missed the cut in 2004. Lists Greg Norman as his hero. Using a cut-down putter, got his start in golf by following his older brother to golf clinics.
1 - 2006 Virginia Beach Open