Landed the biggest win of his career at the 2013 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, holding off Justin Rose and Thorbjørn Olesen to win by one. That came only six months after he broke his European Tour duck with victory in the 2012 Irish Open, where amid scenes reminiscent of a Major Championship, he fired a stunning 66 to win by four at Royal Portrush. Finished 2013 in style with three consecutive top tens in the Final Series, including second place at the Turkish Airlines Open by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism thanks to a superb 63 in the last round, and ended the season a career-best fifth in The Race to Dubai. Progressed from the Challenge Tour in 2001 via second place in the Rankings and enjoyed a promising rookie season, keeping his card in 90th place. Was back on the Challenge Tour in 2007, however, but captured the Abierto Telefonica de Guatemala and the season-ending Apulia San Domenico Grand Final to return via fourth place in the Rankings. Capped his amateur career in 2000 with second place in the Brabazon and St Andrews Links Trophies and helped Great Britain and Ireland to second spot in the Eisenhower Trophy. Showed an affinity for the team format in the professional arena too, representing Great Britain and Ireland in the Seve Trophy in 2011 and 2013.