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Winner of the John Jacobs Trophy in 2016 for topping the Order of Merit in his first full season on the European Senior Tour. He produced a career-defining performance at Carnoustie by capturing the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex in 2016, a bogey-free 68 over the notoriously tough Carnoustie links, signing for an 11 under par total of 277. Followed in Carl Mason’s footsteps after winning the Senior Tour Rookie of the Year award in 2015 – becoming the second player to have won both the European and Senior Rookie titles. Became the tenth player to win a title on their Senior Tour debut as he beat Gordon Manson in a playoff at Archerfield Links Golf Club in the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open. Tied for fourth in the French Riviera Masters before closing last season with a tied tenth finish in the MCB Tour Championship. Played his 500th European Tour event as a professional at the 2008 BMW PGA Championship, a fitting milestone for a stalwart of the Tour for more than two decades. Finished 85th in The 2009 Race to Dubai but the following season was blighted by a shoulder injury; he did not play an event after the beginning of September and was given a medical exemption for his first five events in 2011. Began his professional career in whirlwind style with a victory in the Cannes Open only months after joining the paid ranks and quickly followed that with his greatest round, a 63 in The Open Championship at St Andrews in 1990, which still stands as the joint lowest round in the Championship’s history. Three other wins came in the five years between 1991 and 1995. There then followed a ten-year barren spell, a period not helped by a serious injury to his right hand in 2000. Missed his card at the 2001 Qualifying School but made amends 12 months later, and completed his rehabilitation in April 2005 with victory in the Open de Portugal – a title he successfully defended in 2006. While he says his victories were his greatest achievements, the highlight was The 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, where he was unbeaten thanks to a fourball win with Ian Woosnam over Paul Azinger and Hale Irwin and a singles victory over Mark O’Meara.More

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