Underwent surgery on a shoulder problem at the end of 2003 which adversely affected his form in 2004, and therefore will play the whole of The 2005 European Tour season on a Medical Exemption. Highlight of his 20th consecutive season on Tour in 2002 came in his 509th tournament when he finally secured his maiden victory by claiming the Novotel Perrier Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris. An ever-present since 1983, that sequence was in danger of ending when he had to return to the Qualifying School Finals in 1999 and 2000 but he came through on both occasions and saved himself from a third successive trip with the help of three top tens in the early part of the 2001 season. Finish of 154th on the Order of Merit in 2003 would have necessitated a return, but the two year exemption from his win in France secured his playing rights for 2004. Comes from a sporting family - his father, Laurie, played football for Sheffield Wednesday and elder brother, Iain, was one of Yorkshire’s top amateurs for many years. Won the Zimbabwe Open in 1985 and, before 2002, enjoyed his best season on the Tour in 1990 when he finished 25th while he claimed a share of fifth place in Nick Faldo’s third Open Golf Championship success at Muirfield in 1992.