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Started playing golf at the age of four when, armed with a club, he would follow his dad around Bootle Golf Club. At the age of six he won his first tournament ? an under 14s tournament at North Berwick and hasn?t looked back. Prominent Member of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team in August 2001. Turned professional the following week and although did not earn enough money to secure his playing privileges for 2002 in his seven starts, made up for that at the Qualifying School Finals where he took the third card. Completed a highly successful first season on The European Tour by finishing in 36th place on the Order of Merit, a performance which earned him the honor of being named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year for 2002. Further progress in 2003 hindered by glandular fever and after a moderate 2004, he made a spectacular start to 2005, winning his maiden European Tour victory when he held off Colin Montgomerie and Maarten Lafeber to win the Caltex Masters, presented by Carlsberg, Singapore 2005. Also finished tied third in the Nissan Irish Open and tied second in the Linde German Masters, the latter performance securing his debut in the Seve Trophy where he won three points out of five for Great Britain and Ireland. Nearly repeated his Singapore success in 2006 but finished second behind Mardan Mamat on his way to 39th on the Order of Merit. An accomplished flute player. Protege of six-time Major Champion Nick Faldo, who recognized him as a special talent during the Faldo Junior Series and took him under his wing. Since then Faldo has coached him in every aspect of a professional golfer's life. Coached by David Leadbetter and helped on his fitness and mental approach by Jamil Qureshi. Also an accomplished flute player having reached Grade Six after taking it up at Primary School after his dad, a huge Beatles fan, traded in one of Paul McCartney?s first guitars to buy a flute. Fitness trainer is former British Martial Arts Champion, Ron Cuthbert.
1 - 2005 Caltex Singapore Masters
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.86 (ranked 95th); money - $562,509 or GBP 358,663 (ranked 36th); best finish -T2nd, Qatar Masters.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.37 (ranked 145th); money - $385,077 or GBP 268,479 (ranked 60th); best finish -2nd, Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.09 (ranked 108th); money - $213,985 or GBP 147,976 (ranked 97th); best finish -T6th, Linde German Masters.
2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 25; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.87 (ranked 29th); money - $1,056,416 or GBP 714,031 (ranked 15th); Winner, Caltex Singapore Masters.
2006 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.52 (ranked 29th); money - $653,080 or GBP 437,502 (ranked 39th); best finish -2nd OSIM Singapore Masters.