He took up golf aged ten after being encouraged by his father, a Parisian vet. Pushed Graeme McD owell all the way in the 2010 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, finishing runner-up in an historic one-two for European players. Won the biggest title of his career when he defeated then World Number Three Phil Mickelson in a play-off for the 2007 Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, becoming the second Frenchman to win the title after Thomas Levet in 2004. He continued his love affair with Scotland in 2008 by capturing the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, then finished tied third at the same event in 2009.
Away from the course, one of his more interesting activities was to play a game of football in a bull ring, accompanied by the bull, during a friend’s bachelor party.