Claimed the last card through the Order of Merit in 2006 after finishing right on the wire in 118th place to secure his place on The 2007 European Tour. Took up the game at the age of eight, introduced by his father. Became a scratch golfer by 16, won the English Amateur Championship at 18, beating Gary Evans in the final. Been coached by Peter Cowen since the age of 14. Finished 15th on the Challenge Tour in 1995 after losing his card at the end of the previous season, mainly due to a 12 week absence caused by an appendix operation. Responded strongly in 1996, making full use of a sponsorship deal with his local dentist to capture the end-of-season Grand Final and finishing Number One on the Challenge Tour Rankings.