First picked up a golf club at seven when his dad, Kenny, would take him and his younger brother Gary to the local pitch and putt. Honed his game at Royal Portrush then, in a stellar amateur career, played in the 2001 Walker Cup and, while studying at the University of Alabama, was ranked Number One Collegiate Golfer. First played on the European Tour in 2002, winning the Nordea Masters in his fourth start. Has won a further nine times, most famously in 2010 when he ended a 40-year wait for a European winner of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Finished a career-high second in the 2010 Race to Dubai and came close at the U.S. Open again in 2012, finishing runner-up at Olympic Club. Has played a key role in four Ryder Cups, taking the winning point at Celtic Manor in 2010. Awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.