THE TOP 25
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Top-ranked amateur in the world turned professional before this week's BMW Italian Open. ... Became the youngest competitor and first amateur in half a decade to make the cut at the Masters Tournament, as he posted rounds of 71-76-73-72 to finish in a share of 36th place. ... Finished T-13 at last year's Open Championship, playing alongside Tom Watson and Sergio Garcia for the opening two rounds. ... Won the 2009 British Amateur to qualify for the major at Turnberry.
"I started at 3 years old. My parents brought me to a small driving range in the city, in my hometown, Verona. So from there, actually I never stopped. I always forced my parents to bring me to the golf course, so that's my strange life."
CAREER BEST FINISH:
T-13 at 2009 Open Championship