After ending the 2013 season in a career-best fifth in The Race to Dubai, the Welshman has enjoyed a standout 2014, with his consistent performances and victory in the D+D REAL Czech Masters being rewarded with a place in Paul McGinley’s European Ryder Cup team. His two-shot victory in Prague came with the Pontypridd native under pressure, knowing a big performance would guarantee a maiden appearance in The Ryder Cup. He produced some top golf and showed great composure though, to make it a third year running with a victory on The European Tour.
Earlier on in the season he enjoyed a fine week at the WGC - Cadillac Championship in Florida, where he finished second alongside Bubba Watson. 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. 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. Helped Great Britain and Ireland to second spot in the Eisenhower Trophy in 2000, and 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.