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Alejandro Cañizares

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 172

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Alejandro Cañizares did all his scoring early in a 6-under-par 30-35=65 opening lap at the Portugal Masters.
That's just two swings behind one-shot leader Marc Warren and puts him T7 on the leaderboard after Thursday's action. This is the Spaniard's lowest 18 holes in nine visits to Oceanico Victoria in Vilamoura and, after nine holes, it looked as if he could produce something off the charts. After opening with a par at 10, he went birdie-eagle at 11 and 12 before adding further par breakers at 14, 16 and 18 to turn in 6-under 30. But it was a different story coming home as he posted nine straight pars. The Arizona State grad sits 50th on the Race to Dubai after five top 10s this season. Oct 20 - 2:15 PM

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Alejandro Cañizares birdied both his first and final holes in compiling a flawless 4-under-par 35-33=68 at Kingsbarns and finishing the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship inside the top 10.

With six of the top 13 scores coming at Kingsbarns, it kept its place as the easiest of the three venues and Cañizares made sure he cashed in. Although he could only find two birdies in his first 16 holes (10 and 3), the Spaniard splashed further red at 7 and 9 to complete a solid day in which a bogey failed to surface on his scorecard. The Arizona State grad is 9-for-10 in this event although hasn't finished higher than T24 (2013). Sitting T9 and just four off the pace after day one, he'll hope to build on this good start when he pegs it up for round two at St. Andrews tomorrow.
Oct 6 - 3:00 PM

Despite a walk-off bogey, Alejandro Cañizares posted the new clubhouse lead of 8-under 134 at the KLM Open in the Netherlands after signing for a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in Friday's second round.

A pair of 67s have put the Spaniard a shot clear of the previous mark although his own lead is likely to get swallowed up soon with the afternoon wave thriving in easy scoring conditions at The Dutch. Cañizares splashed red at 12, 13 17 and 18 on his opening nine after starting at the 10th but then hit a bump in the road by swallowing back-to-back bogeys at 1 and 2. He responded with a birdie at 4 and hit 9-under witn an eagle-3 at 6 before giving one back at the last. He won't lead by close of play but is in position to launch a weekend challenge at a tournament where he's enjoyed past success.
Sep 9 - 11:40 AM

Alejandro Cañizares will try to keep an impressive record at the KLM Open going when he tries his luck at the tournament's new course this week.

The Spaniard was T12 at Kennemer last year and also T7 there on debut in 2006 and overall he's missed just one cut in nine attempts. That came at Hilversumsche in 2011 although he did finish T34 and T37 either side at that venue. This year the event moves to The Dutch, a Colin Montgomerie design that should reward accuracy and course management and it should suit given his lack of length off the tee. He arrives on the back of T24 in Switzerland last week which represented a sixth top 25 of the season. Cañizares slots in at 72nd on the current Race to Dubai.
Sep 7 - 4:14 AM

Alejandro Cañizares withstood a mid-round collapse at the Omega European Masters to post 2-under-par 34-34=68 and head into the final round on 9-under 201, four shots shy of the leader.

The Spaniard, who owns four finishes of T16 or better at Crans-sur-Sierre GC, has the opportunity to improve on his best of T4 in 2013 after a round which threatened to crumble around the turn. He'd opened with birdie-bogey at 2 and 3, then added more red at 5 and 8, but followed it with a horror run of three bogeys in four holes from the 9th. But an eagle-3 at the 15th and birdie-3 at 17 drew him closer to the leader Scott Hend. It could have been better, but he failed to convert an 8'0" birdie putt on the homeward hole. 5-for-5 in scrambling on Friday, he was just 1-for-5 Saturday.
Sep 3 - 11:54 AM

Alejandro Cañizares navigated a smart second lap of Crans-sur-Sierre GC to card 6-under-par 32-32=64 and reach halfway in the Omega European Masters on 7-under 133.

The Spaniard conjured a flawless round of golf which was elegant in its simplicity and owed much to a sure touch around the greens. He started from the tenth and made three back nine birdies in four holes at 14, 16 and 17. On his second nine he made it three in three at 5, 6 and 7. There were no dropped shots as he went 5-for-5 when missing the greens in regulation and required just 25 swings of the putter. His 2016 season has been built on the solid foundations of two top tens during the Desert Swing, but there has been little else that stands out until a quarter-finalist in the Paul Lawrie Match Play when last seen. In his nine previous visits to Crans Montana he has four missed weekends and four finishes of T16 or better.
Sep 2 - 1:09 PM

Alejandro Cañizares birdied seven of Archerfield Link's 15 holes to gun down Matt Fitzpatrick 4&3 and breeze into the last eight of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play.

Fitzpatrick had looked an unstoppable force after a 4&3 victory over Thomas Bjorn on day one and a 6&5 hammering of Matt Ford this morning. But if you run into the wrong man at the wrong time in match play you're in trouble and that's what happened to the young Englishman in this afternoon's last 16 battle. Fitzpatrick made birdies at 2, 6, 8 and 11 but didn't win any of those holes as Cañizares followed suit. The Spaniard edged in front after his opponent bogeyed 3 and he built that lead with winning birdies at 4 and 5. Another circle at 10 put him 4 up and not losing a hole from that point meant he closed out the match at 15. Cañizares, who beat compatriot Eduardo De La Riva 4&3 in Friday's morning session, now meets James Morrison in the last eight.
Aug 5 - 1:18 PM

Alejandro Cañizares scorched Castle Stuart Golf Links for a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in Friday's second round at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and climbed 51 spots up the leaderboard to solo fifth.

The Spaniard dropped shots at 13 and 15 for the second day running but birdied half the other 16 holes. His blitz of red stared with back-to-back gains at 11 and 12 before he added two more at 14 and 16. On his second nine, Cañizares made a birdie-4 at No. 2 (he'd taken an 8 there yesterday) and connected three on the spin at 4, 5 and 6. That colorful scorecard lifted him to 4-under 140 at the midpoint, just three back from leader Danny Lee. As in his opening 74, the 33-year-old split 11 (of 14) fairways but today he upped his GIR count by four to 15. He also took 26 putts compared to 30 yesterday. The 66 was Cañizares' second best lap of the course; he shot an opening 64 when T11 in 2012.
Jul 8 - 9:14 AM

Alejandro Cañizares is suffering from long game woes as he prepares to tee it up in the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof.

The Spaniard kicked off the season in style with two top 12 finishes on the Desert Swing. Since then two braces of missed cuts have book-ended 5 weekends of golf that were solid, but lacked a top ten. Three trips to Gut Larchenhof reaped results that mirror his form somewhat: a bit either here nor there. He was T32 in 2007, T50 in 2014 and missed the cut in 2012. Currently languishing at 182nd in the Greens in Regulation stats on 61.1%. It may not be a huge strength of his game, but it has never been a weakness: in the last 7 seasons he has never once dipped below 67.35%.
Jun 21 - 12:49 PM

Alejandro Cañizares knows all too well how hard Valderrama can play and could only manage a 4-over-par 39-36=75 in Friday's second round.

This is the Spaniard's local track but despite that extra knowledge he still littered his card with six bogeys and a double today to post even-par 142 after 36 holes. His opening 67 gave him leeway though and despite a rough trot around the tree-lined and windy par 71 he's currently tied for second in the clubhouse, three behind compatriot Pablo Larrazabal. He'll now sit and watch the afternoon scores, knowing that his current position of T11 on the leaderboard is only likely to get better if conditions remain the same. His double bogey-6 came at 13 after three straight pars while he squared bogeys at 15, 16, 2, 5 and 6. The Andalucia native picked off birdies at 17, 3 and 8.
Apr 15 - 9:04 AM

Playing on his home course, Alejandro Cañizares painted a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in round one of the Open de Espana at Valderrama.

T15 on his last start and a former runner-up in this event, the planets look aligned for the Spaniard this week and he didn't disappoint in an opening lap which left him in a tie for second place. After an opening par breaker and a bogey at 6, Cañizares turned in 1-under after a birdie at 9. He picked up another shot at 11 and then closed with two more at 17 and 18 to pull within a shot of leader Alexander Levy. The local man split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation.
Apr 14 - 2:41 PM

Alejandro Canizares is making a superb debut at Delhi GC, shooting a second round 3-under-par 35-34=69 to reach 7-under 137, good enough for T7 at halfway in the Hero Indian Open.

His career is littered with fine efforts on technical, tree-lined courses: victories at Moscow CC and Golf Palais du Royal, good efforts at Kong Kong CC and Kuala Lumpur CC, even a top five finish at El Camaleon on the PGA. So a good start on his debut here at Delhi is perhaps no surprise, not least because he showed fine form in the Middle East, notching two top tens. He started Friday with a birdie on 1, but gave the shot back on 7. He immediately posted red on 8 and added two more on 14 and 15.
Mar 18 - 8:31 AM

Spain's Alejandro Canizares will be hoping to maintain the nice habit of making cuts in the Middle East at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship this week.

The 33-year-old’s Abu Dhabi GC record is startling in its consistency with only 4 of his 26 rounds there falling outside the 68-74 range, which helps explain his 6-for-7 record. The flipside is that his final round 66 12 months ago vaulted him to T12, not only his best finish but the highest he’s been ranked at the end of any round on the course. It might be noteworthy that he has never hit more than 68.1% of the greens in a week which might explain his good putts per round stats, but he has also putted well when hitting the greens in regulation (three times ranked top 10) so clearly likes the dance floor at Abu Dhabi. 20-for-24 in the Middle East and made his last ten cuts, but not been in the top 20 since September’s KLM Open.
Jan 19 - 10:24 AM

Alejandro Cañizares overcame an opening bogey to shoot 4-under-par 37-31=68 in the first round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Playing in the first group of the day, the Spaniard made a sluggish start with a dropped shot at No. 1 followed by eight start pars. It was a different story on his second nine as he reeled off birdies at 10, 12, 13, 14 and 18. Despite plenty of birdie cheers being heard around Jumeirah Golf Estates, Cañizares is currently just two off the clubhouse lead. Today, he piped 11 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation and was 3-for-4 in scrambling.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 06:40:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares will partner Stephen Gallacher in the first group out at this week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The players go out in Race to Dubai order and the Spaniard sneaked the final spot in the 60-man field. Cañizares has posted just three top 10s this season and none since May but has kept his points tally ticking over by making his last nine cuts. He'll be making his fourth appearance at the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates and looking to improve upon a best of T14 on his last start there in 2013.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 04:45:00 AM