One of the most consistent performers on The European Tour, he finished in the top 35 in The Race to Dubai for a seventh consecutive season in 2014. Did not quite hit the heights of previous campaigns, such as 2012, when he won the Open de España and finished second in the Alstom Open de France and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in consecutive weeks. Was also part of the European Ryder Cup team that year, claiming a half point in the final singles match against Tiger Woods to give Europe a thrilling 14½-13½ victory. His most lucrative season came in 2010, when he won the WGC-HSBC Champions to finish fifth in The Race to Dubai, and he also made his Ryder Cup debut that year, alongside brother Edoardo. In 2009 the brothers joined forces to win the World Cup for Italy. The younger by nearly two years, Francesco upstaged the exploits of his elder sibling at Castello di Tolcinasco G&CC in Milan in early May 2006, just nine months after Edoardo became the first Italian winner of the US Amateur Championship at Merion. Francesco thrilled the Milanese crowds by capturing the Telecom Italian Open, the first success in the event by an Italian since Massimo Mannelli 26 years earlier. Enjoys snowboarding in the winter, playing football and supporting Inter Milan.