Became the first German to be named Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year after a superb debut season in 2007 during which he recorded five top-10 finishes. Further underlined his talent on his first appearance of the 2008 season with an impressive wire-to-wire maiden victory in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. A second win, this time in his homeland at the BMW International Open, confirmed his place in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking. Made a stunning impact on the 2006 Challenge Tour, playing only eight events on the 2006 Schedule but finishing fourth on the final Rankings having won twice – on his Challenge Tour season debut at the Vodafone Challenge and then at the Open des Volcans – Challenge de France – and registering a further four top five finishes to secure a place on Europe's top table. Scored a 59 on the Satellite EPD Tour before joining the Challenge Tour in August 2006. Coached by Günther Kessler in his native Dusseldorf. Cites Ernie Els as his golfing hero, while his parents have been the main influence on his life.