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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 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

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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

Alejandro Cañizares is 5-for-5 at Kennemer and will head to the Netherlands again for this year's KLM Open.

Cañizares has a best of T7 (2006) on this week's coastal course at Zandvoort while his lowest lap was a second-round 63 in the 2009 tournament when he finished T35. This is the Spaniard's first start since he made a second-round exit at the Paul Lawrie Match Play in early August while his last strokeplay appearance was T16 at the European Masters the week before. He's currently 56th on the Race To Dubai having accumulated three top 10s in 17 events this season.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 05:53:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares blitzed Lucas Bjerregaard 7&6 to book his place in the last 32 of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay at Murcar Links GC.

Cañizares closed the match out on the 12th green with his only birdie of the day as Bjerregaard produced an erratic display and lost eight holes to par. The Dane won the first hole with a birdie and repeated the feat at the seventh to get back to 2 down but those were brief highs. Cañizares captured every hole from the 8th onwards to seal the most one-sided match of the opening round.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 11:52:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares has made the top 10 in two of his last three appearances at the Omega European Masters and returns to Switzerland for another go.

The Spaniard was solo fourth on his last start at the picturesque Swiss layout in 2013 and T9 in 2011. He also posted T11 in 2008 so clearly enjoys the mountain track where he shot back-to-back 65s on Friday/Saturday two years ago. Cañizares also opened with a 65 in the Scottish Open two weeks ago but put it in reverse on his second lap at Gullane and missed the cut after a 76. He's currently 51st on the Race To Dubai.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 05:49:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares jumped 32 spots up the leaderboard with a bogey-free 34-32=66 in round two of the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried.

That halfway total of 8-under 136 is good enough for T6 with 36 holes to play and puts Cañizares just four shots behind leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello. The Spaniard missed just three greens in regulation today and kept an error off his scorecard with 3-for-3 scrambling stats. Starting at 10, he picked off birdies at 13 and 18 before a burst of four straight at 3, 4, 5 and 6. The Spaniard arrived in Munich on the back of two top 15s in his last three starts while he was T9 at this venue in 2010.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 02:08:00 PM

Alejandro Cañizares heads to Real Golf Club El Prat near Barcelona to contest his ninth Open de España.

The two-time European Tour winner has had some near misses in this event with a T2 in 2012 and a T3 in 2010, both those finishes coming at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla. He was also T7 at PGA Catalunya Resort last year although his one appearance at this week's venue resulted in a missed cut. Current form is the big concern for gamers as Cañizares has missed four straight cuts since banking a T3 at the Malaysian Open.
Tue, May 12, 2015 03:55:00 AM

Defending champion Alejandro Cañizares endured a 5-over-par 38-39=77 in the first round of the Trophee Hassan II.

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago the Spaniard went wire-to-wire at Golf du Palais Royal after opening with a 62. Today, he needed 15 more swings and suffered double bogeys at 8, 12 and 16. A frustrating day turned into a miserable one as he played his final four holes in 4-over. Cañizares hit just nine greens in regulation and was only 4-for-9 in scrambling. For now, he's a full 10 shots off the lead and outside the top 100.
Thu, Mar 26, 2015 09:45:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares will get a first taste of defending a title when he returns to the Trophée Hassan II.

Cañizares scored a wire-to-wire victory in this event at Golf du Palais Royal last year, finishing five shots clear of England's Andy Sullivan. It came eight years on from his first European Tour win at the Russian Open. The Spaniard never returned to that event so we'll see how he copes with the extra pressures and demands of being a defending champion. His current form is certainly encouraging. Cañizares has posted T3 in Malaysia, eighth in Qatar and T12 in Abu Dhabi so far this season and sits in 25th spot on the Race to Dubai.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 09:49:00 AM