Raised in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, he began golf aged 13 with a half set bought by his grandparents. Turned professional in 1993, winning his first of 23 European Tour titles in 1996. Became the eighth Englishman to lift the Harry Vardon Trophy on two occasions or more, having won it in 2000 and 2009. Reached World Number One in 2010, ending Tiger Woods’ five-year reign at the top and is second only to Sir Nick Faldo in the list of England’s most prolific champions. He has finished runner-up three times in Major Championships and has made ten appearances in The Ryder Cup for Europe, winning on six occasions, and claiming 23 points.