Enjoyed a brilliant start to 2016, finishing runner-up in back-to-back weeks in Qatar and Dubai and 11th in the WGC-Cadillac Championship before taking the WGC-Dell Match Play by storm in Austin, Texas. Holed a 90-ft birdie putt from off the green on the second day to beat Kevin Kisner, and after advancing to the knockout stages came through matches against Byeong Hun An and Ryan Moore before losing to Louis Oosthuizen in the semi-finals. He downed Rory McIlroy in the third place match, however, and an additional consolation was guaranteeing a debut appearance in the Masters two weeks later. With six top ten finishes in 2016, he also made his Ryder Cup debut for Europe where he went undefeated from his three matches, with the Spaniard and his countryman Sergio Garcia winning one and halving one of their matches over the first two days, before he overcame Jimmy Walker 3&2. Claimed his second European Tour victory in 2012 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where he held off McIlroy and Lee Westwood, among others. Made his European Tour breakthrough at the 2009 Austrian Golf Open thanks to a stunning final-round 60. Claimed the Spanish National Championship every year from Under-seven to Under-18 level after taking the game up at the age of six. Studied business, economics and business law at university, but still has to complete his degree after his studies were interrupted by his rise through the professional golfing ranks as he finished 14th on the 2006 Challenge Tour Rankings following victory at the MAN NÖ Open in Austria. Narrowly missed out on retaining his European Tour playing privileges in 2007, but secured an immediate return to the elite level in 2008. Grew up next to a golf course in the Canary Islands, and his sister Emma competes on the Ladies European Tour. Owns a house in Bali, where he loves to spend time surfing.