Height – 5 ft 11”
Date of birth – 14th September 1980
Turned Pro – 2003
Family – Wife: Lauren
Residence – Surrey, England
Oli’s golfing career began as a junior at Oakmere Park GC and later Coxmoor GC, competing at county and then international level for England boys. This earned him a scholarship at Augusta State University where he went on to become the No.1 ranked collegiate player in the US, turning professional in 2003 after victory with Great Britain and Ireland at the Walker Cup.
Having ranked 15th on the Challenge Tour in his first year as a pro, Oli joined the European Tour in 2005, posting three top ten finishes during his rookie season. A runner-up on three occasions over the next two years, he enjoyed victory at the Seve Trophy for Great Britain and Ireland in 2007.
Four more runner-up spots, including the BMW PGA Championship, and an 11th place finish on the European Tour in 2008 earned Oli a place on the European Ryder Cup team, the first person in history to qualify for either team without a professional victory. He came back from four down with partner Henrik Stenson to beat Anthony Kim and Phil Mickelson.
In 2009 Oli ranked 33rd in the World. Another victory for Great Britain and Ireland at the Seve Trophy and six top ten finishes, including two in WGC events and two more runner-up spots at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the HSBC Champions, saw him end the season ranked 7th on the European Tour. Six more top tens followed over the next few seasons plus victory in the team and individual events at the 2011 Tavistock Cup.
Following a period off the Tour, over 200 starts including nine runner-up finishes and a sponsor’s invite, Oliver was finally able to celebrate an emotional maiden Tour victory at the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the ‘Home of Golf’, St. Andrews, Scotland.
In 2016, Oli finished the year in 175th position on the Race to Dubai. He went on to compete at the Final Stage of European Tour Q-School in November at PGA Catalunya where he finished in 47th position and took up membership of the Challenge Tour.
An injury to his knee saw Oli miss a lot of the 2017 Challenge Tour season, but still played in 18 tournaments, mixing between the Challenge and European Tour. He finished the season in 168th place on the Road to Oman and heads to Final Stage of Q-School hoping to earn status for the 2018 season.
Securing Challenge Tour status for the 2018 season, Oli has been competing on Europe’s development tour for the year.
After a long wait, Oliver claimed his maiden Challenge Tour victory at the 2018 Swedish Challenge, hosted by Robert Karlsson. He shot rounds of 68, 70 69 and 68, which saw him end up in a play-off and birdied the second extra hole to seal victory.
The week following his win, Oliver finished tied 5th at the Vierumaki Finnish Challenge and will give one last push on the Challenge Tour as he tries to secure a full European Tour card for the 2019 season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Oliver is a proud patron of The National Golf Club Challenge in support of the On Course Foundation, helping the recovery of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through golf. Oli is also a patron of The Armchair Club, a small group from his home town of Mansfield who provide financial support for local sportsmen and women.