Ensured he would not have to return to the Challenge Tour by retaining his card at the 2015 Qualifying School Final Stage at the end of a testing season. Made 12 cuts from 22 events and was without a single top ten – a far cry from the previous five seasons. Took the 24th card on the mark after a three under par 69 in the final round at PGA Catalunya Resort. His best campaign to date was in 2010, when he won twice and made his Ryder Cup debut. The second win, at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, prompted European Captain Colin Montgomerie to pick him for the team, and he contributed a vital half point alongside brother Francesco in the third session fourballs at The Celtic Manor Resort. Suffered a serious wrist injury in 2013 but recovered to finish 40th in the Race to Dubai the following year. Dominated the Challenge Tour in 2009 with then record earnings of €242,979 and three victories, ensuring an immediate return to the European Tour. Also made history in 2009 by taking Italy to a first victory in the World Cup with Francesco, a few days after he won Japan’s most lucrative event, the Dunlop Phoenix. Enjoyed an illustrious amateur career, grabbing golfing headlines around the world in the summer of 2005 as the first European player to win the US Amateur Championship since 1911. Turned professional in the summer of 2006 after finishing his engineering degree at the University of Torino and made a blistering start to the 2007 Challenge Tour, winning twice in five weeks en route to finishing 16th in the Rankings.