In 2010 became the youngest winner in European Tour history when he captured the Castello Masters at the age of 17 years, 188 days, smashing the record held by Danny Lee, who was 18 years and 213 days old when he won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic. His four-stroke victory – following four rounds in the 60s made him the second youngest European Tour Member in history after the Seve Ballesteros. Subsequently named Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year for 2010. Claimed his second win at the Maybank Malaysian Open in April 2011, holding off Grégory Bourdy, Alex Noren and Rory McIlroy to win by one. After becoming the youngest – and first Italian – winner of the Amateur Championship in June 2009, he went on to become the youngest winner of the Silver Medal awarded to the leading amateur in The Open Championship at Turnberry. Broke another record in April 2010 when he became the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters Tournament, where he finished in a tie for 36th place in what was the best performance by a European amateur for 73 years. He is coached by former European Tour Member Alberto Binaghi, who was on his bag at Augusta National.