Was forced to have career-saving surgery on a tendon in his wrist in May 2015, putting him out of action for the rest of the season, with a medical extension for 2016. Was not able to hit a ball for five months after the operation, which he had following three months of trying to manage the problem. Will hope to recapture the form of 2011, when he won the Irish Open and KLM Open a few weeks apart. The victory at Hilversumsche GC completed his hat-trick of KLM Open titles, having also won in 2006 and 2009. Arguably the biggest triumph of his career was at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2009. His success at St Andrews took him into the world’s top 50 for the first time and helped him to a career-best eighth in the Race to Dubai. Comes from a family with a rich sporting pedigree. His grandfather was a jockey; dad John is a bookmaker and his uncle Terry played in Tottenham’s double-winning team in 1960-61. Encouraged to take up golf by his older brother Nick and achieved a scratch handicap by the age of 16. Runner-up in the English Amateur Championship in 1999 but won the Finnish Amateur title and was a member of the Great Britain and Ireland side which won the Walker Cup at Nairn that year. Turned professional in September 1999. A promising footballer on the books of York City and Scarborough as a teenager, gained the second card in the Asian PGA Tour School in January 2000 and broke through by claiming three titles on his way to winning the Asian Tour Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and Order of Merit.