Was one of Europe’s heroes at The 2012 Ryder Cup, holing a six-foot putt on the last to defeat Steve Stricker and secure the point needed to complete a miraculous comeback and retain the Samuel Ryder Trophy. Claimed the Nedbank Golf Challenge in late 2012, putting behind him a largely frustrating season – a far cry from the previous three years when he was in contention to win The Race to Dubai. Completed that feat in 2010, the year he won four times, including his first Major at the US PGA Championship, and earned nearly €4.5million in prize money. Had come close a year earlier, when he had back-to-back wins in ALSTOM Open de France and the Scottish Open, but was halted by a broken foot sustained in a go-karting accident and had to settle for third place. Continued his progression in 2011, winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for the third time in four years and reaching the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Lost to Luke Donald, but the consolation prize was reaching World Number One, a position he held for eight weeks. Claimed his first WGC title at the end of that year, scorching through the field with a stunning final round of 63 to capture the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Only the second German after Bernhard Langer to be European Number One, he has fulfilled the potential he showed early in his career, when he finished fourth in the 2006 Challenge Tour Rankings after playing just eight events, winning two, including on his professional debut. Was named Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 2007 and then won in Abu Dhabi on his first appearance of the 2008 season. Made his Ryder Cup debut in 2010 and won two and a half points from four at The Celtic Manor Resort.