Built on a highly impressive 2013 season this year, coming close to winning the WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship, only to miss out to Australian Jason Day in a dramatic final. Also made a significant impact on his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles, where the Frenchman won two and halved one of his three matches. Nearly won a second European Tour title in June at the Nordea Masters in Sweden, losing in a three-way play-off to Thongchai Jaidee. Rose to prominence last year, winning his maiden European Tour title in the lucrative Turkish Airlines presented by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism before taking third place the following week at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai to jump to sixth in The Race to Dubai. Held off a group containing Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter to win in Turkey with a final round 69. Came through the 2010 European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage and made steady progress in the subsequent seasons before bursting onto the radar in late 2013. Started playing golf aged 12 when he watched Woods win the 2002 Masters Tournament and decided he wanted to become a professional. Won the European Individual Amateur Championship in 2009, the year he made it to number one in the World Amateur Rankings. Came 24th in his first tournament as a professional, the 2010 Nordea Scandinavian Masters, but says his prize money of €16,400 went towards paying the rent for his apartment in the expensive French town of Cannes. Good friends with compatriot Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, who lives nearby, and the pair often play golf together. Also enjoys playing squash and tennis.