Started the 2016 season in typically steady fashion, top ten finishes at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and Maybank Championship Malaysia adding to a tied third place at the Volvo China Open – his best result in six years. Had two of the strongest seasons of his career in 2014 and 2015, finishing 66th in the Race to Dubai – thanks to top five finishes at the Africa Open, Trophée Hassan II and Portugal Masters – and then 73rd in 2015 thanks in part to top ten finishes at the Trophée Hassan II and Porsche European Open. Took the fourth card at the 2011 Qualifying School Final Stage to make a swift return to the Race to Dubai after losing his playing rights earlier that season, maintaining his place among Europe’s elite thereafter. Ran Nick Dougherty close for the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in 2002. Has earned his European Tour playing privileges three times via the Challenge Tour Rankings – in 2001, 2004 and 2008 – and is coached by Sky Sports commentator Tim Barter. Is a close friend of former football star Matthew Le Tissier, who in the past has carried the bag for Bland.