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Captured his second European Tour title during the 2006 season with an impressive victory in the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, three years after winning the Madeira Island Open. Partnered Stephen Dodd in Wales? victory in the WGC ?Algarve World Cup in Portugal at the end of the previous season, emulating the feat of David Llewellyn and Ian Woosnam in 1987 of leading Wales to World Cup glory. Has established himself as one of The European Tour?s most consistent performers since graduating from the Challenge Tour in 1999 after finishing the season in eighth place in the Rankings. It was the second time he had earned his card through the Challenge Tour route having previously claimed the 15th and last card in 1997. Prior to turning professional, he was runner-up to Stephen Dundas in The Amateur Championship at Carnoustie in 1992 but gained some consolation with a place in the Walker Cup team of 1993.
European Challenge Tour Victories
2 - 1997 Klassis Turkish Open, 1999 Is Molas Challenge
2 - 2003 Madeira Island Open, 2006 Omega European Masters
1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 73.41; $24,255 and GBP 17,325 (ranked 157th); best finish -T16th, Alfred Dunhill South African PGA. Played twice in 1999, made cut once finishing T18th in West of Ireland Classic.
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 72.49; $141,203 and GBP 83,977 (ranked 107th); best finish -T6th, Murphy?s Irish Open.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.38 (ranked 84th); money - $276,980 and GBP 172,215 (ranked 72nd); best finish, 2nd, Atlanet Italian Open.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average - 70.82 (ranked T13th); money - $961,122 and GBP 612,823 (ranked 18th); best finish, T2nd, Smurfit European Open.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.77 (ranked T17th); money - $543,050 and GBP 378,620 (ranked 42nd); Winner, Madeira Island Open.
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.24 (ranked 39th); money - $367,518 and GBP 254,148 (ranked 60th); best finish, T5th, Canarias Open de Espana.
2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 22; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.48 (ranked T12th); money - $1,037,418 and GBP 701,190 (ranked 12th); best finish, T2nd, Telecom Italia Open and Johnnie Walker at Gleneagles.
2006 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.78 (ranked 19th); money - $1,075,591 and GBP 720,549 (ranked 12th); Winner, Omega European Masters. On the U.S. PGA Tour, missed cut at British Open and PGA Championship.