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Claimed his debut European Tour victory in seven years? trying, and also became the 14th first time winner on the 2007 schedule, when he won the Open de France ALSTOM at Le Golf National, coming from five strokes behind overnight to win by a shot. Previously transformed his fortunes in 2005 when he rose to 31st on The European Tour Order of Merit, some 90 places higher than his previous best and a far cry from three years previously when he was working in a cream cake factory over the winter to finance his season. Two Top-10 s in the early part of the season in South Africa gave the first indication that his game was on a new level after graduating from the Challenge Tour in third place the previous season but it was his joint second place in the Smurfit European Open that stood out as the best performance of his European Tour career. Turned professional after the 2000 Masters Tournament with an impressive amateur record behind him, having played in the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup side of 1999 and winning the Amateur Championship in the same year. Encouraged by his grandfather to concentrate on golf and went on to achieve handicap of plus three. Big fan of Liverpool and Hartlepool Football Clubs, went on to create a little piece of history at the Masters when he and his mother became the first player/caddie combination in the tournament?s history.
European Challenge Tour Victories
2 - 2004 Ryder Cup Wales Challenge, Attijari Wafa-Tikida Beach Moroccan Classic
1 - 2007 Open De France ALSTOM
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.87 (ranked 122nd); money - $148,883 or GBP 92,569 (ranked 121st); best finish -3rd Open de Argentina.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 74.11 (ranked 183rd); money - $18,7990 or GBP 11,986 (ranked 211th); best finish -T27th Compass Group English Open. Also played in 12 Challenge Tour events, best finish -T14th Telia Grand Prix. In 2003 played in 16 Challenge Tour events, made cut in 10 of them, best finish -T4th BMW Russian Open. In 2004 played in 24 Challenge Tour events, made cut in 17 of them, won at the Ryder Cup Wales Challenge and Attijari Wafa-Tikida Beach Moroccan Classic.
2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 25; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.64 (ranked 76th); money - $691,2670 or GBP 467,227 (ranked 31st); best finish -T2nd Smurfit European Open.
2006 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.82 (ranked T99th); money - $474,651 or GBP 317,971 (ranked 53rd); best finish -T4th Smurfit Kappa European Open.