Started playing at his local municipal course aged ten after an uncle lent him some cut-down clubs. Was inspired by the Masters victories of Seve Ballesteros, S ir Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle. Represented England at amateur level for five years from 1999, winning the Spanish Amateur Open in 2000 and becoming English Amateur Champion in 2002, before turning professional in 2003. Played on the Challenge Tour in 2004 and gained his European Tour playing rights at Qualifying School the next year.
Won both of his two titles in 2008 en route to his career-best finish of 20th in the money-list. A big character and a talented impressionist, he is a sporting all-rounder who plays football, cricket, tennis, basketball and badminton. Has struggled with an achilles injury in recent years.