French by birth before adopting his parents’ Portuguese nationality, he grew up playing golf at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche in Paris, where his father worked. Represented France at every level, and during the winter of 2000 he teamed up with coach Benoit Willemart, a partnership which resulted in him becoming the top-ranked French amateur at the end of 2001. Turned pro in 2002 and qualified to play on the 2004 European Challenge Tour through the Alps Tour the previous season, and made the most of his opportunity by winning the Challenge de España. Won the dual-ranking St. Omer Open in 2004 to access the European Tour and won again in 2009 before suffering a dip in form. Claimed another Challenge Tour victory this year at the Aa St.Omer Open, scene of his biggest success 12 years earlier.