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A back injury hampered his bid for a third consecutive Order of Merit title and he had to settle for second place behind Sam Torrance. The Englishman has forged a reputation for ceaseless consistency but that quality eluded him in the final event of the 2005 season, the Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship, where he had to finish above Torrance in order to clinch the Number One spot. Carded just four birdies in three rounds and finished tied 35th to Torrance's third place. Still another impressive year with victories at the 2005 De Vere Northumberland Seniors Classic and 2005 Ryder Cup Wales Senior Open taking his total to 11 European Seniors Tour titles in under three full seasons. Brilliant rookie year in 2003 proved to be the launch-pad for a supremely consistent run of form and in 2004 joined Tommy Horton as the only other player to successfully defend the John Jacobs Trophy, which goes to the leading golfer on the Order of Merit, following five victories and eight other top five finishes. Bettered the single season earnings record he set in 2003 by amassing earnings of €354,775 (£245,285). Having won his last three events of 2003 and the opening tournament of 2004, the Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic, he became only the fourth European to win four successive events alongside Seve Ballesteros (1986) and Nick Faldo (1988-89) on The European Tour and Horton (1997-98) on the Seniors Tour. Nearly became the first European to win on five consecutive appearances but finished second in the next event in Barbados. In 2003, he became the most successful rookie in Seniors Tour history when he secured the Order of Merit title just four months after turning 50. He became the fastest player to secure four victories (11 starts), only the second player after Horton to win in three consecutive starts and the only other senior professional after Horton to capture four titles in one season. Also lost in a play-off to American Tom Watson in the Senior British Open Championship, presented by MasterCard, at the Westin Turnberry Resort in July 2003. A regular competitor on The European Tour between 1974 and 1997, winning twice in 1994 and finishing in the top 40 on the Order of Merit on no less than 13 occasions. During that time, he registered 62 top ten finishes, including a tie for fourth place behind Watson in the 1980 Open Championship at Muirfield. Also won three times on the Safari Tour. Leading up to his 50th birthday, he spent two years working as a referee on the Seniors Tour which he says gave him the appetite to start playing again. Son Andrew is a scratch golfer.
European Seniors Tour
11 - 2003 The Mobile Cup, Daily Telegraph Turismo Andaluz Match Player Championship, Merseyside English Seniors Open & Estoril Seniors Tour Championship, 2004 Tobago Plantations Seniors, AIB Irish Seniors Open, DeVere PGA Seniors, Daily Telegraph Turismo Andaluz European Seniors Match Play Championship, ADT English Senior Open, 2005 De Vere Northumberland Seniors Classic, Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open.
2 - 1994 Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia, Bell's Scottish Open
3 - 1975 Lusaka Open, 1984 Zambia Open, 1987 555 Kenya Open.
2003 European Seniors Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; top-10 finishes - 9; Euro €350,242 or £244,222 (ranked 1st); winner, The Mobile Cup, Daily Telegraph Turismo Andaluz Match Player Championship, Merseyside English Seniors Open & Estoril Seniors Tour Championship.
2004 European Seniors Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; top-10 finishes - 14; Euro €354,743 (ranked 1st); winner, Tobago Plantations Seniors, AIB Irish Seniors Open, DeVere PGA Seniors, Daily Telegraph Turismo Andaluz European Seniors Match Play Championship, ADT English Senior Open.
2005 European Seniors Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; top-10 finishes - 10; Euro €257,114 (ranked 2nd); winner, De Vere Northumberland Seniors Classic, Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open.