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Produced one of the shots of his career, a sublime seven iron from 179 yards to within a foot of the cup on the third extra hole, to win the inaugural Ballantine's Championship in a thrilling sudden-death play-off in March 2008. Also made one of the great shots of 2007 when he holed his second shot at the treacherous 17th at Valderrama for an albatross which catapulted him into a share of the lead for the season-ending Volvo Masters but double bogeyed the last to finish joint fourth, one of five Top-10 finishes of the year. Won his maiden European Tour title on only his fourth start in the 2002 Scandinavian Masters and confirmed that potential by finishing sixth on the Order of Merit in 2004 after capturing his second Tour victory in the Telecom Italia Open. Before turning professional, he played a prominent role in Great Britain and Ireland's retention of the Walker Cup in 2001 at Sea Island in Georgia. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and was rank Number One Collegiate Golfer in the United States and out of 12 starts won an incredible six events with a scoring average - of 69.6 - beating the previous best returned by Luke Donald and Tiger Woods.
4 - 2002 Volvo Scandinavian Masters, 2004 Italian Open, 2008 Ballantine's Championship, Barclays Scottish Open
2002 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 13; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.53 (ranked 64th); money - (Euro)412,203 or 262,826 (ranked 56th); Winner, Volvo Scandinavian Masters
2003 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.92 (ranked 107th); money - (Euro)221,909 or ?154,717 (ranked 96th); best finish - T5th, Deutsche Bank SAP Open.
2004 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 26; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 70.70 (ranked 14th); money - (Euro)1,648,862 or ?1,140,229 (ranked 6th); Winner, Telecom Italian Open.
2005 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.75 (ranked 93rd); money - (Euro)588,675 or ?397,885 (ranked 34th); best finish - T6th WGC-American Express Championship.
2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; rounds played - 42; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $1,086,859.35; (ranked 71st - unofficial); best finish - T-2 at the Bay Hill Invitational.
2006 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.60 (ranked 74th); money - (Euro)437,802 or ?293,285 (ranked 58th); best finish - T4 The Deutsche Bank Players Championship.
2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; rounds played - 43; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 71.27 (ranked 19th); money - $357,902; (ranked N/A); best finish - 12th, Barclays Classic.
2007 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.06 (ranked 26th); money - (Euro)789,663 or ?553,928 (ranked 37th); best finish - T2nd, Volvo China Open.
2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; rounds played - 10; in money - 2; Top-10 Finishes - 0; money - $52,768 (ranked N/A); best finish - T30th at the U.S. Open.