Avoided a testing end to the 2015 season when he finished tied second at the KLM Open in September to rise from 105th in the Race to Dubai to 67th. Lost his card at the end of the 2014 campaign – finishing four places outside the required top 110 in the Race to Dubai – but regained it almost immediately at the Qualifying School Final Stage. That was his third successful Qualifying School visit, having also won his card there in 2002 and 2012. Enjoyed a successful 2013 season on the European Tour after making a flying start with a tie for runner-up in the first event, the Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa. 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 to the campaign. Is close friends with fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal.