Born in Joburg, he got into golf aged three after watching his dad play. After a glittering amateur career, which included back-to-back South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship victories in 2012 and 2013, the Johannesburg player turned professional in August 2013 and hit the ground running on the Sunshine Tour the following year with eight top five finishes in his rookie season. Sealed a maiden Challenge Tour title as a sponsor’s invite at the 2015 Barclays Kenya Open before claiming a hometown victory at the 2016 Joburg Open to secure his European tour status. He is a self-confessed petrol-head and cites Ernie Els as his sporting hero.
Enjoyed a hugely successful 2017, winning the inaugural GolfSixes with his Danish compatriot Thorbjørn Olesen before claiming his maiden European Tour title at the Portugal Masters. Won the European Amateur Championships in 2010 during a stellar amateur career. Won the Nordic Golf League order of merit in 2012 to earn his place on the Challenge Tour, before graduating to the European Tour through Qualifying School after a year on the second tier.
Paul has competed on the European Tour since 2008 after qualifying at his first attempt at Qualifying School in 2007. This year shows promise for the 32-year old as he returns to full fitness and he will be looking to build on good performances in the Joburg Open (T2) and Trophy Hassan II (3rd) in addition to a number of career top-ten finishes. The Englishman enjoyed a sparkling amateur career including winning the 2005 English Amateur Championship and captaining his nation in the Home Internationals. Paul comes from a sporting family, his mother Gill swam for England and his cousin Matthew Smith is a professional tennis player.