Sealed the biggest win of his career in dramatic style at the first event of the 2014 Final Series, the BMW Masters, where he chipped-in from the edge of the green to overcome Alex Levy & Ross Fisher on the first hole of a play-off in China. That success saw the 34 year old German move from 53rd to fourth in The Race to Dubai rankings and seal his place in the season finale at the DP World Tour Championship. Eventually finished seventh in The Race to Dubai, beating his previous best finish of 14th in 2012. Also won in 2013 courtesy of a commanding wire-to-wire victory in the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco. Has been a consistent player for many years on The European Tour and after steady, if unspectacular, seasons in 2010 and 2011, he enjoyed another good year in 2012. After good finishes at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Avantha Masters and in the BMW PGA Championship, the German landed the Alstom Open de France title. That was his second victory on The European Tour, following his maiden success at the 2004 Dunhill Championship. Won the World Cup for Germany in Barbados in 2006 when he teamed up with Bernhard Langer, but lost his card the following season. Underlined his support of the Challenge Tour at the start of 2007 when he lent his name to the POSTBANK Challenge presented by Marcel Siem. That support reflected the rapid progress he made from the Approved Third Level EPD Tour through the Challenge Tour, before a final step up to The European Tour and his first tournament win in South Africa in 2004, a journey which took just three years. Owned his first club as a two year old when he would play with a little putter but really started playing at the age of six. His parents ran a golf club restaurant at Burge Overbach in Cologne. His father, Heinz, was a professional handball player before getting injured when aged 23.