I grew up in a golfing family. My dad was a teaching professional and naturally I loved to spent time at the golf course. Although sport has always been a big part of my life, playing football, badminton and golf, it was at the age of 14, when I decided to make golf my future dream.
My dream was to make a living from playing the sport and to become a champion in one of the big tournaments in the world.
I adored Jack Nicklaus and was hugely inspired by Seve Ballesteros. His extravagant way of playing the game, his unbelievable skills from 100 meters and in, was a treat to watch. Especially, at the Open. He would play the most unbelievable shots from the most unbelievable places, like parking lots, difficult lies around the greens and in deep bunkers. His imagination and personality impressed me greatly. Later on in my professional career, I had the chance to play with him on the European Tour, it was a very special moment in my career, to play alongside a genius at work.
I was dedicated to golf as a youngster and moved to Texas at the age of 16 to pursue my golfing dream. I studied at Tivy High School in Kerrville for a year and decided to join the college life after high school. First one year at McClennan Community College, and then on to the University of Texas in Austin. “Go Longhorns”
Soon after finishing my Bachelor Degree at UT, I turned professional at the end of 1985.