THE TOP 25
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Colorful character with a flair for the dramatic who admits he enjoys the nightlife. ... Ranked No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking; likely will move into the top spot for the first time when Matteo Manassero turns pro this week. ... Won last year's European Amateur title, which qualified him for the upcoming Open Championship at St. Andrews. ... Will turn pro after that appearance. ... Plays to a plus-4.6 handicap.
"I will wait a little before turning pro, to enjoy playing the Open Championship on the Old Course. I am so happy to have won the European title before turning pro."
CAREER BEST FINISH:
Win, 2009 European Amateur