The Switzerland-born Italian won the Alps Tour Order of Merit for 2014 to progress to the Challenge Tour for 2015, coming close to victory at the Volopa Irish Challenge, where he lost in a play-off to Tom Murray.
Nino reached Europe’s top rung by finishing 21st at the Final Stage of Qualifying School in November 2015.
He picked up a host of good results in his debut year, finishing ninth at the Australian PGA Championship, 11th at the Real Club Valderrama Open de Espana Hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation, and fifth at Trophee Hassan II.
Nino represented Italy at the Olympic Games in Rio, finishing in a share of 30th place in Brazil.
Having finished in a share of 14th at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, he hit his best form in the closing weeks of 2017 with five top-15 finishes in his last nine tournaments, including eighth at the Spanish Open and 10th at the Italian Open where he closed with a round of 64 in front of his home fans.
In 2018, he finished fifth at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia and locked up his card for 2019.
Nino shared fourth place at the Scottish Open, securing a place at The Open Championship, and went on to make the cut at Royal Portrush.
Nino Bertasio is set for his sixth season on the European Tour in 2021.
Gregory Bourdy is a four-time European Tour winner and one of France’s most recognisable golfers. He claimed his maiden main Tour title at Mallorca Classic in 2007 and came out on top in a three-man playoff to clinch his second victory at the Estoril Open de Portugal the following year, where he also entered the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time. He made it a hat-trick of titles in 2009, holding off the challenge of Rory McIlroy to win the UBS Hong Kong Open by two strokes.
One of the European Tour’s most consistent performers, Bourdy reached a career-high of 81st in the world rankings in 2011.
After claiming five top-20 finishes the previous year, he returned to the winner’s circle at the ISPS Handa Wales Open in September 2013, closing with a hat-trick of birdies to claim a two-shot The Frenchman enjoyed a successful 2016, after starting the European Tour season with the second spot at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Greg finished in a share of 18th place at both the US Open and the USPGA Championship and was tied for 21st spot at the Olympic Games in Rio in August.
Matias collected his fourth professional victory at the Sunshine Tour’s Eye of Africa PGA Championship in February 2018.
The win moved him into the top 500 in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time.
After a stellar college career at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Matias turned professional at the end of 2016 and collected wins at the Tour de Pacifico’s Abierto Club de Polo, Abierto de Cachagua, and Abierto Santa Augusta de Quintay.
Following second place at The Roar on the Big Easy Tour and finishing tied for 27th at Sunshine Tour Q School he played regularly on the Sunshine Tour.
Having made his European Tour debut at the Joburg Open, he picked up a victory at the Eye of Africa, with rounds of 69, 68, 69, and 65.
Darren Clarke is one of the world’s most recognisable golfers and has won many fans across the globe over three decades at the top of his spot.
Winner of The Open Championship in 2011, Darren also captained the European Ryder Cup team against the United States in 2016 and continues to impress into his sixth decade, with back-to-back victories on the PGA Champions Tour.
A stalwart of the European Tour since 1991, the Ulsterman is no stranger to firsts.
At the 1999 Smurfit European Open, he became the first player on the European Tour to shoot 60 for a second time, having achieved it first in the 1992 European Monte Carlo Open.
In 2002, he became the first player to win the English Open three times and in 2003 the first player outside Tiger Woods to capture more than one World Golf Championship title.
Three weeks after the untimely death of wife Heather, who finally lost her brave battle against cancer in August 2006, Darren was picked as one of the wild cards for the Ryder Cup at K Club and, in an emotionally-charged week, produced one of his most memorable performances, winning all three of his matches.
A dedicated worker for charity, he set up his own Darren Clarke Foundation, which not only helps further the development of junior golf in Ireland but also now raises money for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Darren has assured his place in history by earning a place in the renowned ‘Who’s Who’ guide for 2008. He even appeared on an Irish postage stamp in 2005.
The year 2008 was a great one for Darren, with wins in the BMW Asian Open in China and the KLM Open in the Netherlands, where his sons Tyrone and Conor were there to witness Dad’s victory.
In 2010, he beat a world-class field in the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am at Adare Manor in Ireland, securing a one-shot victory over Luke Donald. He clenched his spot in the 139th Open Championship at St. Andrew’s by finishing second in the Barclays Scottish Open.
Darren started 2011 with a victory in the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca, but he enjoyed his finest hour in July when he claimed his maiden major championship.
The Northern Irishman won the 140th Open Championship at Royal St George’s in Kent by three shots from Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.
He received a host of personal accolades after the victory in Sandwich. In October, he was honoured in his hometown, becoming became the first person ever to receive the Freedom of Dungannon, before being made an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Years Honours List.
Darren also received fantastic recognition elsewhere; being voted the Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year and finishing as runner-up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
In February 2012, he won the Comeback of the Year award at the Laureus World Sports Awards which took place at the Central Hall in Westminster, London.
In October 2012, Darren released his autobiography, An Open Book, which subsequently received two nominations at the 2013 British Sports Book Awards.
The month after the release of his memoirs, Clarke received his OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, having previously been named in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.
In February 2015, Darren was appointed as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the following year. Europe was beaten 17-11 in Hazeltine.
In July 2019, Darren had the honour of hitting the first tee shot as The Open Championship at his home course of Royal Portrush as the tournament returned to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.
Darren graduated full-time to the PGA Champions Tour, finishing 41st on the Charles Schwab Cup money list in a year that saw him share second at the Cologuard Classic and finish in a share of 10th at the Senior Open at Royal Lytham.
In 2020, Darren won the Timbertech Championship, his maiden victory on the PGA Tour Champions. Darren followed up this win by winning the first tournament of the 2021 season, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii.
Justin collected a fifth win in less than five months with his success at the Qatar Masters in March 2019 and reached a career-high of 48 in the Official World Golf Rankings later that month.
With five Sunshine Tour wins to his name already, he won back to back at the Investec Royal Swazi Open and the Lombard Insurance Classic in May 2018 before two wins in the space of three weeks on the Asian Tour, at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open and the Royal Cup, in July.
The South African started 2019 with a share of seventh at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, 11th at the Saudi International powered by SBIA, and fourth at the ISPS Handa Vic Open – his 16th top 10 since the start of 2018.
His share of 12th place on his Master’s debut secured his return to Augusta for 2020, and his performances in the UK Swing earned him a spot at the US Open at Winged Foot.
Jack played on the European Tour, Sunshine Tour, and Asian Tour in 2020.
David is a four-time European Tour winner and 2021 is his 13th consecutive season on the main tour.
After a successful amateur career that included playing Walker Cup, the Manchester-based player turned professional in 2007, winning twice on the Challenge Tour at the Telenet Trophy and AGF-Allianz EurOpen de Lyon before finishing top of the Order of Merit.
He collected his first European Tour win at the 2010 BMW International Open and followed that up with successes at the 2011 Trophee Hassan, 2014 M2M Russian Open, and 2015 Made in Denmark.
David finished second at the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open on the way to ending the year in a career-high of 29th place on The Race to Dubai.
Jeong-Weon Ko turned professional in 2020 and went on to sign with ISM later on in the year. He has managed to secure a conditional card from the Alps Tour last year.
Espen graduated from the University of Denver in 2010 with a degree in Marketing and Economics. He holds the school record for the lowest 54-hole score of 195 and won twice on the collegiate circuit.
In his final year, he had the lowest scoring average on the team, having carded 12 rounds in the 60s from 13 tournaments and recorded ten top-ten finishes, and in 2009 he won the ‘Arets Talent’ award as Norway’s top amateur.
His handicap was plus 4.1 when he turned professional at the end of 2010 and he had reached 18th in the World Amateur Rankings. Espen won the Norweigian Individual Championship twice as an amateur and represented Norway twice in the World Amateur Championships.
Espen played most of his golf on the Challenge Tour during 2011 and narrowly missed out on securing a European Tour card for 2012.
He secured his maiden Challenge Tour victory in July the following year at the Acaya Open. He closed his fine season with a victory at the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final, which made him the Challenge Tour rankings winner for 2012.
Espen recorded his maiden top ten finish on the European Tour at the Open de Espana, where he tied for eighth.
After losing his playing privileges in 2013, Espen struggled with injury throughout 2014 but returned to the European Tour by finishing 12th at Qualifying School.
He marked his first tournament back on the tour by finishing 14th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Concentrating on the Challenge Tour in 2016, Espen took second place at the Swiss Challenge in June before clocking up a second professional win with victory at the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge thanks to a final round of 64.
Espen represented Norway at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, as golf was reintroduced after a 112-year absence, and shot consecutive rounds of 69 over the weekend on the way to finishing 43rd.
Clement Sordet, one of France’s brightest young golfing stars, turned professional in July 2015, recording the first win in just his fourth tournament at the Northern Ireland Open the following month.
He featured at The Open Championship for the first time at Royal Troon in 2016 and made his US Open debut at Pebble Beach in 2019.
His glittering amateur career included playing for France at the World Cup and made his professional debut on the European Challenge Tour in Slovakia in 2015.
Grenoble-born Clement, 22nd in the World Amateur Golf Rankings when he turned professional and a member of the European team in the Palmer Cup, became one of America’s top Collegiate golfers while at Texas Tech University and won six titles.
Clement did not take long to make his mark after turning professional.
Having finished in a share of 26th at the Fred Olsen Challenge de Espana in his second tournament, Clement picked up the first win at his fourth attempt, at the Northern Ireland Open in August 2015.
After his success in finishing second at the Thailand Championship in December 2015, securing a spot at The Open Championship, he picked up his second professional win at the Turkish Airlines Challenge in May 2016.
Clement collected a third victory at the Viking Challenge in August 2017, winning the 54-hole tournament by five shots with rounds of 70, 66, and 67 before winning the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final on the way to finishing second on the Road to Oman.
Clement came close to a first European Tour win with a share of second place at the Oman Open at the start of 2019.
Toby Tree joined ISM in September 2018 and went on to secure his European Tour card for 2020 at Qualifying School. The Englishman qualified for the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, where he made the cut.
Toby has played regularly on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa and finished in a share of fourth place at the Eye of Africa PGA Championship in February 2018. He followed that up with fourth spot at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge presented by Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.
In 2019, he finished in 79th place in the Challenge Tour rankings. After coming through second stage, he secured his playing rights for 2020 at Lumine.
Sami Välimäki shot to prominence by winning only his sixth European Tour start – at the Oman Open – in February 2020 and went on to win Rookie of the Year.
The Finn, who secured his European Tour card at Qualifying School in 2019, beat Brandon Stone on the third hole of a play-off to secure the win and move up to 159 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
The Finnish prospect joined ISM in March 2019, two months after the youngster turned professional, and secured European Tour status for 2020 at Qualifying School.
Valimaki was in the top 10 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings in 2018 and, having taken part in military service in Finland at the end of last year, turned professional in January.
He recorded his first professional victory at the Open Casa Green Golf on the Pro Golf Tour in Morocco and went on to record three more victories on the tour, finishing second on the Order of Merit.
Sami made his European Tour debut at the KLM Open and got the 12th European Tour card at Qualifying School in November.
After his win in Oman, they clocked up successive second places at Celtic Manor – sixth at the Celtic Classic and second at the ISPS Handa Wales Open – to help secure a major debut at the US Open at Winged Foot.
A share of fifth at the DP World Tour Championship saw him finish his debut year in 11th place on The Race to Dubai.
After victory in his fourth tournament of 2017, the co-sanctioned Open de Portugal, Matt picked up three European Tour titles in 2018 and finished third at the 2019 USPGA at Bethpage Black and 12th at the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach.
He made it two straight years inside the top 50 in the world rankings at the end of 2020.
His remarkable story all started with an incredible run of form on the Alps Tour in 2016.
Matt won on five consecutive starts on The Alps Tour, and six over the course of the year, in 2016, not finishing lower than fourth in nine tournaments to reach 242 in the Official World Golf Rankings and he went on to sign for ISM in October 2016.
He featured on the European Tour on two occasions in 2016, making his debut at the Nordea Masters in June, and also finishing fourth at the Terre dei Consoli Open on the Challenge Tour.
Matt’s performances on the Alps Tour secured him a Challenge Tour card and he won the Open de Portugal, co-sanctioned with the European Tour, in only his fourth start.
Starting the week with a 10-under-par 63, he never gave up the lead, shooting further rounds of 66, 73 and 69 to win by three strokes, securing a full European Tour card for the rest of 2017 and moving up to 137th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
As well as his impressive fourth place at the Italian Open and a first major appearance at the US Open at Erin Hills, Matt ended 2017 with top-10 finishes at Made in Denmark and the KLM Open.
Matt clocked up a second European Tour victory with success at the Hero Indian Open in March 2018.
Victory number three was at the BMW International Open in June 2018 thanks to an incredible final round of 65.
Matt collected yet another win – his third in the space of less than six months – with a superb display at Made in Denmark.
He birdied five of his last six holes to force a four-man play-off and two birdies were enough for the win. Second place at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship took him into the top 10 of The Race to Dubai.
Matt started 2019 with second place at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and went on to finish sixth on his Arnold Palmer Invitational debut, take second at the Betfred British Masters, third in his BMW International Open defence and the KLM Open on the way to taking seventh on The Race to Dubai. He reached a highest Official World Golf Ranking of 23 in July.
Highlights of 2020 included finishing in a share of fourth place at the Memorial Tournament, the strongest field in PGA Tour history and second place at the Scottish Championship and the Golf in Dubai Championship.
Matt continues to establish himself and will play a significant PGA Tour schedule in 2021.
Ashun became the first Chinese player to win three times on the European Tour with his victory at the KLM Open in September 2018.
The first Chinese player to win on the Japan Golf Tour, Ashun collected his first European Tour win at the Volvo China Open in 2015, followed that up with success at the 2016 Lyoness Open, and also represented China at The Olympics in Brazil in 2016.