Continued his return from a wrist injury with a consistent season in 2014, finishing runner-up in the Irish Open and ending the year in 40th position on The Race to Dubai. His best season to date was 2010 when, having stepped up to The European Tour after winning the 2009 Challenge Tour Rankings, he claimed two victories and a Ryder Cup debut. Captured the Scottish Open in July 2010 and then won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in August to force his way into Colin Montgomerie’s European team as a wild card pick. Contributed a vital half point with his younger brother Francesco in the third session fourballs at The Celtic Manor Resort. Dominated the Challenge Tour in 2009 with 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 to earn a first season on The European Tour. Struggled to cope with the step up in 2008, but bounced back in sublime style.