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Finished runner-up in the 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur, falling 1-up to Jason Allred . . . Winner, 1998 U.S. Amateur Public Links, defeated Jason Dufner, 3 and 2. . .He followed in the footsteps of his golf teaching brother Mark, nine years older, who is still and has always been his coach. Was off scratch at the age of 12 and played the African Junior Golf Association Tour from 13 to 17. During the summer vacation there were tournaments every week, so it was basically like playing a pro tour. In 1996, made the South African team at the age of 17 and played in the Eisenhower Trophy in Chile. Won the 1996 Junior PGA Championship. In 1997, he lost in three finals, the Amateur Championship at Royal St George's, the New Zealand Amateur, and the U. S. Junior. . .First professional win was the 2000 Vodacom Players Championship in his native South Africa. . .Naturally a lefthander but plays right-handed. . .His victory in the 2003 South African Airways Open was an emotional one because it was in front of friends and family at his home Erinvale Golf Club, the place where he learned to play the game. Member of the 2005 and '07 Presidents Cup Team.
European Challenge Tour Victories
- 2000 Tusher Kenya Open
4 - 2003 & 2004 South African Airways Open, Deutsche Bank - SAP Open, 2008 Masters
2 - 2006 Cialis Western Open, 2008 Masters
South African Tour
2000 Vodacom Players Championship, 2003 Dimension Data Pro-Am, 2007 Nedbank Challenge
2003 WGC-World Cup with Rory Sabbatini
2001 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.34 (ranked T80th); money - (Euro)222,243 or ?138,181 (ranked 88th); best finish - T8th, Trophee Lancome and 8th at Dubai Desert Classic.
2002 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 24; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.67 (ranked 10th); money - (Euro)1,064,085 or ?678,474 (ranked 14th); best finish - 2nd Novotel Perrier Open de France and Volvo Scandinavian Masters.
2003 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.86 (ranked 21st); money - (Euro)1,007,778 or ?702,632 (ranked 23rd); Winner, South African Airways Open.
2004 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 71.04 (ranked 23rd); money - (Euro)1,138,978 or ?787,632 (ranked 16th); Winner, South African Airways Open, Deutsche Bank - SAP Open.
2005 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 70.92 (ranked 30); money - (Euro)712,205 or ?481,379 (ranked 30th); best finish - T5th Masters, T6th Heineken Classic.
Joined the PGA Tour after the PGA Championship as a special temporary member. Did finish in the top-125 of money list for year.
2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; rounds played - 40; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $726,867.41; (ranked 116 - unofficial); best finish - T-5 at the Masters.
2006 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.23; money - (Euro)448,078 or ?300,169; best finish - T4th Dunhill Championship.
Voted PGA Tour Rookie of the Year based on a victory at the Cialis Western Open and seventh-place finish on the money list. First rookie since Jerry Pate (1976) to finish 10th or better on the season-ending money list. Led all rookies with eight Top-10 in 24 starts
2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; rounds played - 86; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 8; money - $3,844,189; (ranked 7th); best finish - Win at the Cialis Western Open
scoring average - 69.51 / (7th); driving distance - 294.9 / (58th); driving accuracy - 62.0% / (115th); GIR - 69.0% / (14th); putting - 1.771 / (73rd); birdie average - 3.83 per rd / (20th) / total birdies - 329; sand saves - 55.0% / (31st); all-around rank - 396 / (9th).
Won more than $1.8 million and was a member of the International Team at The Presidents Cup. Beat Justin Rose by one stroke to win the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa, then a week later underwent surgery on Dec. 18 to remove a benign tumor from behind his ribcage.
2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; rounds played - 68; in money - 15; Top-10 Finishes - 4; money - $1,801,647; (ranked 46th); best finish - 3rd at the Mercedes Championships & WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
scoring average - 70.73 / (82nd); driving distance - 286.6 / (118th); driving accuracy - 64.8% / (75th); GIR - 65.5% / (66th); putting - 1.847 / (193rd); birdie average - 2.99 per rd / (179th) / total birdies - 203; sand saves - 52.1% / (64th); all-around rank - 957 / (153rd)