Will be back on The European Tour in 2010 after a successful season on the Challenge Tour, in which he returned to the winner’s enclosure following a five year absence with victory at the ECCO Tour Championship. Eventually finished second in the Rankings after recording a further four top ten finishes, including runner-up at the dual ranking SAINT-OMER OPEN presented by Neuflize OBC – an event he won in 2004 to progress to The European Tour for the first time. Qualified to play on the 2004 Challenge Tour through the Alps Tour the previous season, and made the most of his opportunity by winning the Challenge de España. French by birth, before eventually adopting his parents' Portuguese nationality, he grew up playing golf at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, where his father worked. Represented France at every level, and during the winter of 2000 he teamed up with coach Benoit Willemart, a partnership which resulted in him becoming the top-ranked French amateur at the end of 2001. Made solid progress since hitting the big time before his blip in 2008, moving to a career-best 63rd in the Order of Merit in 2006, and in 2007 achieved his highest finish since his win when he finished joint second in the BMW International Open.