After beginning the final day eight shots off the lead, surged through the pack to finish tied third at The 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield. Won his 12th European Tour title at the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions in China after underlining his reputation as Mr Ryder Cup when he inspired Europe to victory in the sensational 2012 contest at Medinah. His 100% record with four points from four only tells half the story. He holed five nerveless birdie putts in the last five holes in the Saturday afternoon fourball match with Rory McIlroy against Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson to claim a point, then, second out in the Sunday Singles, beat Webb Simpson by two holes to inspire a rousing comeback. Two years earlier he won three points from four at the Celtic Manor Resort, and in 2008 he was the leading points scorer at Valhalla with four from five. His considerable ability in match play golf also earned him the 2011 Volvo World Match Play Championship and the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Was in contention for the Masters Tournament in 2010, but had to settle for tied tenth. Ended 2010 with victory in the UBS Hong Kong Open and nearly won the season-ending Dubai World Championship presented by DP World, but lost in a play-off with Robert Karlsson. However, second spot was enough to finish a career-high fourth in The Race to Dubai. Also broke into the world’s top five for the first time during 2010. Renown for having a passion for fashion and flair, he launched his own clothing range in 2007. Took up the game at the age of four when dad, Terry, a single figure handicapper, gave him a cut-down three wood. Won The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 2000. Is an avid supporter of Arsenal FC and travelled to the Champions League Final on the Wednesday night of the 2006 Irish Open, chartering a plane there and back from the Stade de France in Paris. The only downside was that Arsenal lost 2-1 to Barcelona.