Six top ten finishes to his name in 2016 led him to being crowned Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year. Was in the form of his life in 2015, winning three times on the European Challenge Tour to secure immediate promotion to the top tier. The first two wins were a month apart – in Spain and Austria – and he completed a brilliant hat-trick at the Rolex Trophy in August. Returned to Challenge Tour action for the season-ending NBO Golf Classic Grand Final and finished tied third to secure fourth place in the Road to Oman Rankings. Had lost his playing privileges the previous year – his rookie campaign – having graduated from the Challenge Tour thanks to a superb late-season surge in 2013. The Spaniard is a rare case in golf, saying nobody in his family had any interest in the game until he started showing some promise when swinging a golf club as a five year old. A local teaching professional alerted Elvira’s father to his son’s natural talent, and now the three men in his family – he, his father and his brother – are hooked.