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First European Tour victory came at the 2005 Dunhill championship in his native South Africa and he was close to retaining the title when he was tied runner-up behind compatriot Ernie Els at Leopard Creek at the start of the 2006 season. Was the first of three second places that year which helped him finish 18th on the Order of Merit - his highest placing to date. Highlight of 2007 came in April when, 50 events after his maiden victory, he won for the second time when, with Els's former caddie Ricci Roberts on the bag, he won the Open de Espa?a. Became the then third youngest player to secure his European Tour card through the Qualifying School when, at the age of 18 years and 81 days, he claimed 24th place in 2002. Arrived at the Qualifying School as a highly promising amateur with victories in the Brabazon Trophy and Indian Amateur Open Championship and having represented South Africa in the Eisenhower Trophy in Malaysia.
2 - 2005 Dunhill Championship, 2007 Open De Espana
2002 European Tour Victories
Only start, T15th Bell's South African Open as amateur
2003 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.57 (ranked 83rd); money - (Euro)291,534 or ?203,260 (ranked 71st); best finish - T3rd , South African Airways Open.
2004 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.74 (ranked 78th); money - (Euro)188,722 or ?130,506 (ranked 103rd); best finish -T7th, Canarias Open de Espana.
2005 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.73 (ranked 89th); money - (Euro)459,540 or ?310,603 (ranked 52nd); Winner, Dunhill Championship.
2006 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.97 (ranked 89th); money - (Euro)1,148,275 or ?769,235 (ranked 18th); best finish -Dunhill Championship, Barclays Scottish Open & the Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe.
2007 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.41 (ranked 55th); money - (Euro)826,368 or ?579,676 (ranked 35th); Winner, Open de Espana.