Took full advantage of the opportunity to play in the 2012 ALLIANZ Open Côtes d’Armor Bretagne on the Challenge Tour by winning the tournament by one shot. Until then had the lowest playing category, but ended the season clutching a European Tour card after finishing 13th in the Rankings. Turned professional in 2011 after a glittering amateur career, during which he played in three victorious Jacques Léglise Trophy teams and was part of England’s victory in the 2010 European Team Championships. Enjoyed a fine first full season on the Challenge Tour, adding top ten finishes in the ALLIANZ Golf Open Toulouse Metropole, the ALLIANZ Open de Lyon and the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final to his victory in France. Began playing golf at the age of four with his father, who runs the local clubhouse, and his brother, who is now a golf coach, before, beginning to take it seriously at the age of 12. Says he was always very focussed and driven in becoming a professional and preferred to spend time on the practice ground rather than in the local pubs and clubs. Supports Chelsea and Reading and enjoys reading books about improving sporting performance.