Van started to play at the age of 10 after seeing a pitch and putt course while on the way home from work with is father. The game enthralled him immediately and by 12yrs he had already decided that he wanted to be a tournament professional. After rising through the amatuer ranks of golf in Great Britain and playing for England with the likes of Lee Westwood, as well as being on the 1993 Walker Cup Team with Paidraig Harrington and another 5 eventual European Tour winners, including himself, Van turned pro at the end of that year.
Although being very successful on the European Tour, Van did not have an easy transition from amatuer to pro, and this struggle has further enhanced his ability to relate to the challenge of this great game. He did graduate in some style from the Challenge tour however in 1996, after a win and eight more top ten finishes saw him qualify for the European Tour in 6th position for the year.
Van had many top ten finishes on the main tour with his proudest moment being his win in the Portuguese Open of 1996. Van twice qualified for the season ending Volvo Masters, now known as the DP World World Championships and played until 2007/8 when a long term hip injury and operation made him decide to retire from full time play.
Van still likes to compete from time to time even though his schedule does not allow for much practice, as he believes strongly that anything that is taught should be proven in action and not just be a conceptual theory. He teaches from the superb facilities of The Stoke Park Club in Buckinghamshire England, and sincerely hopes that everyone who joins this site will embrace the importance of a mind and body balance.
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