Son of an English mother and Portuguese father, Sean started playing golf at the age of 12. Spent two years at Millfield School in Somerset before heading to America and the University of the Pacific in California. Graduated in 1997 with an degree in International Business. During his time there he rubbed shoulders with Tiger Woods when the pair played together in the final round of a college event - the 1995 Ping Arizona Invitational. Woods shot 69, Corte-Real 70 to finish third and fifth respectively.