Showed signs of rediscovering his best form in late 2014, coming close to victory at the Turkish Airlines Open by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, where Brooks Koepka prevented the Ryder Cup legend from winning a 13th European Tour International Schedule title. Pushed Henrik Stenson all the way in The 2013 Race to Dubai, producing magnificent performances in the last three events to keep the pressure on the Swede. Finished second in the WGC-HSBC Champions, nearly successfully defending the title he won a year earlier, and then had another top five in the Turkish Airlines Open to remain in contention. Took second place in the DP World Tour Championship, but it was not enough as Stenson romped to victory and was crowned European Number One. Underlined his reputation as Mr Ryder Cup when he inspired Europe to victory in the sensational 2012 contest at Medinah, where his 100 per cent 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. Was also part of the winning side at Gleneagles in 2014, where despite not finding his best form, the Englishman only tasted defeat once. 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 also in contention to win the Masters Tournament in 2010, and ended the year with second place in Dubai, losing a play-off to Robert Karlsson. Renowned 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.