After a frustrating 2014 season, where he narrowly missed out on retaining his Tour card - finishing eight places outside the required top 110 in The Race to Dubai - the Spaniard gained retribution as he came through Qualifying School Final Stage to claim the seventh card on offer for 2015. This completed a hat trick of successful Q-School campaigns having also graduated in 2012, as well as a decade earlier in 2002. Enjoyed a successful 2013 season on the European Tour - finishing 58th in The Race to Dubai - after making a flying start with a tie for runner-up in the first event, the Nelson Mandela Championship. The event was reduced to 36 holes and the course heavily modified after huge rainfall, and a four under par 61 in the second round gave De La Riva a share of the lead. He bogeyed the first extra hole to drop out of a three-man play-off which included Steve Webster and eventual winner Scott Jamieson, but it was a positive start for the Spaniard. Played his rookie season on The European Tour in 2003 but lost his playing rights after finishing 222nd on the Order of Merit. Is close friends with Pablo Larrazábal, who was at PGA Catalunya Resort in 2012 to see him qualify.