Suffered serious ankle ligament damage on eve of Madeira Island Open in 1998 when a railway sleeper crumbled and he fell 10 feet. Only played once after that, finishing tied for 44th in Smurfit European Open necessitating a medical exemption for 1999. FOught back from typhoid in his teens - lost 50lbs in weight and nearly died. Top cricketer as a youngster, left school to concentrate on golf. A qualified pilot, he flies his own aeroplane into the bush from his Johannesburg home and spends time alone, meditating and communing with nature.