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 ten 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. Continued to improve in 2009 with consecutive wins at the Open de France ALSTOM and The Barclays Scottish Open to rise to 11th in the world. Saw his charge towards the top of The Race to Dubai halted when he broke four bones in his foot whilst go-karting and was forced out of action for two months. Returned to action in October at the CASTELLO MASTERS Costa Azahar where he finished second and went on to claim third place in The Race to Dubai. 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.
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