Successfully defended the BMW PGA Championship in stunning style in 2012, a final round 68 giving him a four-stroke victory. A year earlier had defeated Lee Westwood in a play-off at Wentworth Club, a win that elevated him to World Number One for the first time. That was just one highlight in a superb 2011, when he became the first player to win both the European and American money lists in the same season. Needed to win the last event on the US PGA Tour schedule to top the rankings, and duly delivered. Was leapfrogged by Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods in the World Ranking in 2012, but returned to World Number Two in November with victory in the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan. Nearly ended the season on a high, but after going head to head with McIlroy in the last round of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai had to settle for tied third and seventh place in The Race to Dubai. His joy at his achievements of 2011 was tempered by the sudden death of his father, Colin, in November, the same week his second daughter, Sophia, was born. Struggled to find his best form in 2013 and 2014, but still managed to finish inside the top fifty in The Race to Dubai standings in both seasons. Has a tremendous record in team golf. Won two points from four in the thrilling Ryder Cup victory at Medinah in 2012, and vindicated Colin Montgomerie’s decision to pick him as a wildcard in 2010 by contributing three points from four, including a memorable 6&5 victory with Lee Westwood over Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods in the session three foursomes. Had a 100% record at The K Club in 2006 and won twice at Oakland Hills in 2004. Took England to World Cup glory with Paul Casey in 2004, and also enjoyed a fine amateur career, starring in Great Britain and Ireland’s Walker Cup victories over the United States in 1999 and 2001. Earned a degree in art theory and practice at Northwestern College in the United States. Was made an Honorary Life Member of The European Tour in 2012.
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