Became a Major Champion in 2010 when he ended a 40 year wait for a European winner of the US Open, triumphing over the famous links at Pebble Beach in June 2010. It was the first US Open success by a European since Tony Jacklin in 1970. His victory in California was his second win in consecutive appearances as two weeks earlier he captured the Celtic Manor Wales Open. It was there three months later he held his nerve against Hunter Mahan to seal victory for Europe in the Ryder Cup. He also starred for Europe once more in the Ryder Cup in 2014, winning three points from three matches at Gleneagles. Came close to winning the 2004 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship when he lost a play-off to Stephen Gallacher.