After a frustrating 2014 season, where he narrowly missed out on retaining his Tour card - finishing four places outside the required top 110 in The Race to Dubai - the Spaniard made amends by regaining his playing rights at the Qualifying School Final Stage. This completed a hat-trick of successful Q-School campaigns having also graduated in 2012 and 2002. Enjoyed a successful 2013 season on the European Tour after making a flying start with a tie for runner-up in the first event, the Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa. The event was reduced to 36 holes and the course heavily modified after huge rainfall, and a four under par 61 in the second round gave de la Riva a share of the lead. He bogeyed the first extra hole to drop out of a three-man play-off which included Steve Webster and eventual winner Scott Jamieson, but it was a positive start to the campaign. Played his rookie season on The European Tour in 2003 but lost his playing rights after finishing 222nd on the Order of Merit. Is close friends with Pablo Larrazábal, who was at PGA Catalunya Resort in 2012 to see him qualify.