The only two-time winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, winning both the professional championship and the team championship with J.P.McManus in 2002 and 2006. When he won the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie, he became the first player from Ireland in 60 years to capture the Claret Jug, following Fred Daly at Hoylake in 1947. Earlier that year he became the first home winner of the Irish Open for 25 years. The following year he famously became the first European to win different back-to-back Major Championships by adding the 2008 US PGA Championship to the 2008 Open Championship crown after he successfully defended the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale. His victory at Oakland Hills in the US PGA made him the first European winner since 1930. In an another famous triumph, he teamed up with Paul McGinley at Kiawah Island in 1997 to win the World Cup for Ireland for the first time in 39 years.