Claimed his sixth European Tour title in February 2013 at the Joburg Open, a week after finishing runner-up in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Almost added to his win tally five months later in finishing second at the Alstom Open de France after sharing the 54-hole lead with eventual victor Graeme McDowell. Continued his affinity for playing on home soil after winning the South African Open Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2009. Missed most of 2010 and 2011 because of a back injury, but returned to take sixth place in the 2012 Africa Open despite not playing a competitive round for ten months. First European Tour victory came in the 2004 Open de Madrid, in his last event of the season, a win which ensured he avoided a trip to the Qualifying School. Established his credentials by dominating South Africa’s amateur scene, becoming the second player to win both the junior and senior National Stroke Play and Match Play titles, after Trevor Immelman. Turned professional during qualifying for The 2001 Open Championship and concentrated on the Challenge Tour in his first season, finishing 30th, before earning his European Tour card at the 2002 Qualifying School. Took up the game at the age of four when he went out with his grandmother to play. Comes from a sporting family with his father involved in motor racing, his mother an ice-skater and sister, Farrah, one of the top squash players in South Africa.