Proved he could handle pressure when he won the 3 Irish Open in 2010, sealing a spot in The 2010 European Ryder Cup Team. With five qualifying events remaining he was outside the qualification places, but triumphed with a two-stroke win over home favorite Padraig Harrington at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. Contributed two points from four on his Ryder Cup debut at The Celtic Manor Resort to help Europe on their way to a narrow victory over the United States. Won the Volvo World Match Play title at Finca Cortesin in November 2009, defeating American Anthony Kim in the 36 hole final to collect the third European Tour win of his career. Proved himself capable of challenging at the very highest level by leading all four Major Championships at one stage in 2009, with his best finish coming at The Open where he took fifth spot. Left Turnberry in a hurry to attend the birth of his first child, daughter Eve. After a promising rookie season in 2006, he stepped up another level in 2007 when he won the KLM Open, his maiden title. Came close to a second title at the start of the 2008 campaign but lost out to Phil Mickelson in a play-off for the HSBC Champions. Soon banished that disappointment to the memory with a landslide seven-stroke victory at The European Open. Learned his golf at Wentworth Club after being introduced to the game by his step-father at the age of three.