Was plagued by an achilles injury in the latter stages of the 2015 season and was unable to retain his playing rights, but recovered in time to make a successful visit to the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage, taking the 23rd card. Also lost his full exemption in 2013, but took advantage of a sponsor’s invitation to the second event of the 2014 season, the Alfred Dunhill Championship, to finish second – a performance which provided the foundation to an eventual 100th place finish in the Race to Dubai, helped by two more top tens. Provided one of golf’s memorable moments in 2008 when he slipped on the riverbank at the 72nd hole of the Irish Open and plunged into the water. His caddie helped him out and he went on to close out a two stroke victory. Came close to adding to his trophy haul in 2010 but had to settle for runner-up finishes in the Avantha Masters and the Open de Andalucía de Golf. Started playing at his local municipal course, Springhead Park in Hull, at the age of ten after an uncle lent him some cut-down clubs. Was inspired to take up the game seriously by the Masters Tournament victories of Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo and, in particular, Sandy Lyle’s 1988 success at Augusta National. Represented England at amateur level for five years from 1999, winning the Spanish Amateur Open Championship in 2000 and becoming English Amateur Champion in 2002, before turning professional in 2003. A sporting all-rounder who plays football, cricket, tennis, basketball and badminton.