Landed the biggest title of his career at the 2014 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, where he finished one shot clear of Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. Birdied the final hole for a brilliant third European Tour triumph, adding to wins in the 2011 BMW International Open and the 2008 Alstom Open de France. The latter victory was one of the highlights of the season, as he came through the 36-hole pre-qualifying event at Chantilly the week before, then went toe to toe with some of The European Tour’s biggest stars at Le Golf National in Versailles, including Colin Montgomerie, who was runner-up, and Lee Westwood. Ended that year clutching the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award, and has been a consistent performer ever since. Provided one of the most bizarre moments of 2014 when, at the Maybank Malaysian Open, he jumped into a lake mid-round to escape a swarm of angry hornets. Brother of 2002 Amateur Champion Alejandro, for whom Pablo caddied at the Masters Tournament the following year. Finished his final year of high school in 2002 in the United States. Returned to Spain and wanted to turn professional straight away but his father, Gustavo, who played for Venezuela in the World Cup, had other ideas, making his son go to work on the family fish farm to learn and understand the value of money and a day’s hard labour.