Described the 2011 Qualifying School Final Stage as one of the finest moments of his career after securing his playing rights on The European Tour for 2012 by taking the 17th card. Turned professional at the age of 19, eight years after first taking up the game and five years after he “started playing golf properly”. Came through the Europro Tour and played three seasons on the Challenge Tour before making the step up. Finished 49th in the Rankings in 2009 and 57th in 2010, but ensured he was in the top 45 which qualified for the 2011 season-ending Apulia Domenico Grand Final with some fine performances late in the season, including third place at the Fred Olsen Challenge de España. That was after a shaky start to the season, when he made one cut in his first five tournaments, and he believes the experiences of the Challenge Tour will stand him in good stead for 2012. Had a short amateur career but played in the English Boys Home Internationals and “had a pretty good record at county level”. Cites his mum as the biggest influence on his career for giving him the opportunity to pursue the game he loves, and idolised Tiger Woods as a youngster.