In the year 2000 Ian became the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year and has won a tournament on the world stage almost every year since. Also, that year Ian won the Italian Open, in 2001 the Moroccan Open, the Italian Open again in 2002 and the Welsh Open and Nordic Open in 2003. In 2004 Ian played in the USA Masters at Augusta, won the Volvo Masters at Valderama and was a member of the of the winning European Ryder Cup Team that achieved the record winning score beating the United States on their home ground by 18.5 to 9.5 points. In 2007 Ian won Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan and represented England along with Justin Rose in the World Cup where they achieved 4th place. 2008 was an eventful year for Ian; he got a magnificent hole-in one on the 16th at the Masters, came 2nd in the Open and was the highest point's scorer from either team in the Ryder Cup at Valhalla. 2009 was also a good year for Ian finishing 2nd at the Players Championship and winning the Barclays Singapore Open. However, 2010 is proving to be even better with a 2nd place in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and an exciting win, his first on the PGA Tour at the WGC Accenture World Match Play. Ian was selected for Europe in the 2010 Ryder Cup team, which successfully regained the Ryder Cup winning 14˝ to 13˝ against the USA with Ian contributing 3 points throughout.
Ian then went on to win his second World Golf Championship of his career at the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions in Shenzhen, China, coming from four strokes back in the final round to win by two from four other players. He then became runner-up in 2013 losing out to Dustin Johnston by three strokes.
Ian again selected to be part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team in 2012. Held at Madinah Country Club, Illinois where the USA took home advantage leading 10-6 going into the final day only needing 4 ˝ points to win. However, this Ryder Cup goes down in history, known as the ‘Miracle at Madinah’ where Europe came back to win 14˝ - 13˝ with Ian contributing 4 points to retain the Ryder Cup. Ian also represented Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup retaining the Cup winning 16˝ to 11˝ contributing a point to the competition.
An injury ridden 2016 ruled Ian out of the Ryder Cup competition however he was named vice captain by Darren Clarke. After recovering from injury, Ian began to find form throughout 2017 a highlight being a T2 finish at The Players, three shots behind Kim Si-woo. Ian then won the Houston Open in 2018 his first tournament win in six years which meant he qualified for the 2018 Masters. His form resulted in another selection to be part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team for the sixth time contributing two points to another successful Ryder Cup victory.