Claimed the 11th card at the Qualifying School Final Stage to retain his place on The European Tour in 2014 having finished 139th on The Race to Dubai the previous year. Had comfortably kept his playing rights in the three seasons before that, having graduated via the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2009. Settled quickly, winning the Madeira Islands Open in 2010, which vindicated the decision he made as a teenager to choose a career in golf over professional cricket. Played in the same England Youth teams as Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan but switched to golf at the age of 16 and went from an 18 handicapper to scratch in less than a year. The following year, he accepted a scholarship to the University of South Carolina in America. Returned home to play first on the PGA Europro Tour and then on the Challenge Tour, having turned professional after the 2006 Qualifying School Final Stage.