The son of a preacher from Sheffield finally made his breakthrough in 2012, winning the BMW International Open after seeing off Marcus Fraser in a play-off. Proposed to his girlfriend a couple of weeks later and in September came tied second in the Omega European Masters en route to taking 23rd place in The Race to Dubai, equalling his best finish. Was the perfect way to put a frustrating 2011 behind him, having finished 91st in The Race to Dubai. Boasts a stunning amateur record having won the English Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s after being crowned Yorkshire Amateur Champion in 2007, before going on to play in the Walker Cup and become Number One Amateur in Europe. Lifted the leading amateur trophy after finishing tied tenth in the Open de España at the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla in May 2008. Earned his 2009 playing rights after cruising through all three stages of the Qualifying School, comfortably winning Stage One (Section A) at Fleesensee Golf and Country Club in Germany, progressing through Stage Two at Sherry Golf Jerez in Spain in ninth place and finishing fourth in the Final Stage at PGA Golf Catalunya in Spain, where he had the experienced Malcolm Mason, who has caddied for Sam Torrance, on his bag. Currently coached by Graham Walker, who was named in Golf Monthly’s Top 25 Coaches. Cites Tiger Woods as his chief inspiration.