The 2014 season proved a real career breakthrough year for the Paraguayan, who sealed his maiden European Tour win in style at the BMW International Open in Germany. Was made to work hard for the title, having to hold off the challenges of Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Grégory Havret and 2013 Race to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson, in a four-man sudden death play off. Three months later, however, he suffered a real scare when he was hit by a ball at the KLM Open, after which he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure while play in the Netherlands was suspended briefly. Eventually emerged from hospital with no serious damage and a roller-coaster season came to a positive end as he finished in a career-best 38th on The Race to Dubai standings. Came close to winning on tour on three other occasions, in 2009 at the Open de España, in 2010 at the KLM Open and at the 2012 Irish Open, finishing runner-up every time. Lost his card after finishing 140th in The 2013 Race to Dubai but immediately regained his status with a second place finish in the Qualifying School Final Stage at PGA Catalunya Resort. Also lost his card in 2008 but regained it at the Qualifying School at the end of that year and has been a permanent fixture on The European Tour since, never finishing outside the top 100 in The Race to Dubai until 2013. Exploded onto the European Challenge Tour by winning the second event of the 2007 season, the Abierto Mexicano Corona, worth €37,248. A further four top ten finishes enabled him to finish 11th in the final Rankings. Introduced to the game at the age of two when he used to run behind his father with a small stick and a ball. He went on to become Paraguay’s top ranked amateur player for six years before turning professional in 2003.