At age 11, a friend of his father was invited to dinner and brought his golf clubs. He asked to try them out and became hooked on the game. Began serious pursuit of the game two years later and went on to win the Norwegian Amateur in 1996. Elder brother, Marius, is a scratch golfer and has played for the Norwegian national team. Inspired by David Duval and his Australian coach Jim McGowan, the professional at Drobak, an hour from Oslo. Lists Tiger Woods as his hero. Lists competing against himself as his biggest thrill in golf. Held a job as a carpenter in 2005.