An accomplished magician, despite insistence that he is "about 12 handicap" at magic. Started playing at age 11 and can't forget the day he turned professional: 8-8-88 ! Almost abandoned tournament career after eight attempts at Qualifying School, but was persuaded to continue by sponsors. Made another visit to the School in 2001 and regained his card, finishing in 32nd position but was unable to retain his card. Is coached by an Egyptian, El Sayed, based near Stockholm. Younger brother, Tony, is also a professional on the Challenge Tour.