Enjoyed a stunning 2010 season, having stepped up to the European Tour after winning the 2009 Challenge Tour Rankings, with two victories and a Ryder Cup debut. Clinched The Barclays Scottish Open in July 2010 and then won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in August to force his way into the Ryder Cup team as a Captain's pick. The year before he dominated the Challenge Tour with record earnings of €242,979 and three victories. Also made history in 2009 by taking Italy to a first victory in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup with brother Francesco, a few days after he captured Japan's most lucrative event, the Dunlop Phoenix.
Enjoyed an illustrious amateur career, grabbing golfing headlines around the world in the summer of 2005 as the first European player to win the U.S. Amateur since 1911. Won that championship at Merion Golf Club with a 4-and-3 victory over Dillon Dougherty in the final, becoming the first Italian to win the U.S. Amateur and the second Italian to win a USGA championship (Silvia Cavalleri, 1997 U.S. Women's Amateur).
Turned professional in the summer of 2006 after finishing his engineering degree at the University of Torino and made a blistering start to the 2007 Challenge Tour, winning twice in five weeks en route to finishing 16th in the rankings to earn a first season on the European Tour.
Is a fairly accomplished downhill skier, born and lives in Torino, Italy, home to the 2006 Winter Olympics. Father, Paolo, a dentist, went to dental school in the U.S. at Southern California.
PGA European Tour Victories
2010 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, Barclays Scottish Open
Other Victories: European Challenge Tour Wins: 5 - 2007 Club Columbia Masters, Tusker Kenya Open, 2009 Piemonte Open, Kazakhstan Open, Italian Federation Cup