Captured the fourth Tour title of his career at the third extra hole of a thrilling sudden-death play-off with Lee Westwood at The British Masters at The Belfry in 2008. Followed in the footsteps of his idol Seve Ballesteros when his maiden victory came in The KLM Open at Hilversumsche Golf Club in 2005. Has not yet managed to add to those four titles in 2009 but came as close as is humanly possible by losing two sudden-death play-offs in the space of three weeks, first at the Estoril Open de Portugal and then a fortnight later at the Ballantine’s Championship. Ironically finished second in China in between the two play-off losses. His KLM Open victory of 2005 helped him win The 2005 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award, following in the footsteps of two of his Spanish golfing heroes, José Maria Olazábal and Sergio Garcia. His position as one of Spain’s leading talents was further underlined by his victory in the 2006 BMW Asian Open in a play-off, after which he promptly proposed to his girlfriend, Alicia, whom he married later in the year. Happily married, he returned to winning ways at the 2007 Italian Open. A week after his victory in Italy, his company – GFC Golf and Business – along with Miguel Angel Jiménez’s company – Golf Acción – began their promotion of the Open de Andalucia at Aloha Golf Club. Then added the Madrid Masters to his golf portfolio in 2008 and staged the tournament successfully again in 2009. An accomplished tennis player too, he started playing golf under the tutelage of his father at the age of five.
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