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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. . .Member of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team in 2001. . .Turned professional the following week. . .Completed a highly successful first season on the European Tour in 2002 by finishing in 36th place on the Order of Merit, a performance which earned him Rookie of the Year honors. . .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. . .Victory in the 2007 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship capped an outstanding season which also included seven Top-10s, including joint seventh in the U.S. Open and a climb into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. . .Prot?g? 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.
2 - 2005 Caltex Singapore Masters, 2007 Alfred Dunhill Links
2002 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.86 (ranked 95th); money - (Euro)562,509 or ?358,663 (ranked 36th); best finish -T2nd, Qatar Masters.
2003 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.37 (ranked 145th); money - (Euro)385,077 or ?268,479 (ranked 60th); best finish -2nd, Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters
2004 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.09 (ranked 108th); money - (Euro)213,985 or ?147,976 (ranked 97th); best finish -T6th, Linde German Masters.
2005 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 25; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.87 (ranked 29th); money - (Euro)1,056,416 or ?714,031 (ranked 15th); Winner, Caltex Singapore Masters.
2006 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.52 (ranked 29th); money - (Euro)653,080 or ?437,502 (ranked 39th); best finish -2nd OSIM Singapore Masters.
2007 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 25; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.70 (ranked 7th); money - (Euro)1,409,658 or ?988,838 (ranked 11th); Winner, Alfred Dunhill Links.
2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; rounds played - 10; in money - 2; Top-10 Finishes - 1; money - $227,921; (ranked N/A); best finish - T7th at the U.S. Open.