Born in Holywood, County Down, he was introduced to the game by father Gerry at a young age.
Enjoyed a glittering amateur career during which he reached the top of the World Amateur Rankings before finishing third in his second event as a professional at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, becoming the then youngest and quickest Affiliate Member to secure his card.
Has since won 13 European Tour events and a total of 23 worldwide, including four Major Championships – the 2011 U.S. Open, the 2012 and 2014 US PGAs and the 2014 Open Championship.
First reached World Number One in March 2012.
Has been crowned Race to Dubai champion three times (2012, 2014, 2015) and played a key role in four Ryder Cup appearances.
In 2015 began hosting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and secured a memorable victory in the event in 2016 at the K Club.