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Alejandro Cañizares

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

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Can Alejandro Cañizares ride the wave of his Nedbank T3 in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai this week on the Jumeirah Golf Estates' Earth Course?
The 33-year-old Spaniard posted two 68s last week in notching a season's best T3 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and he must be looking forward to a return to the Middle East if his Desert Swing results in January and February are any guide: he was T5 in Abu Dhabi, T27 in Doha and T8 in Dubai. A fast start this week might be no surprise: in four previous starts he has led once and been T6 or better on another two occasions. Moreover he has gone sub-70 five our of eight times Thursday and Friday, and just once in eight tries at the weekend. Indeed, despite those promising beginnings he has a best of T14, his only top 20 result. The putter was hot last week – he needed just 103 swings all week and had a Putting Average of 1.54, both of which were #1 ranked efforts in the field. Nov 14 - 1:45 PM

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Alejandro Cañizares twirled a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to claim T3 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club, ending the week on 7-under 281, seven back of the winner Alex Noren.

The Spaniard had to withstand the odd error, but he was holing plenty so was able to make a strong move on the final day. He opened with two red numbers at the 1st and 2nd, and added another at No. 6 before a double bogey-6 at the 8th threatened to undo all his hard work. But a second brace of birdies and 9 and 10 immediately patched up the error. Bogeys at 13 and 17 could have been costly, but he made a hat-trick of par breakers in between to join four others in a tie for third. It is the sixth top ten finish of Cañizares' season but his first appearance in the top three.
Nov 13 - 10:05 AM

Alejandro Cañizares painted a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge to post a 36-hole total of 5-under 139, T6 on the live leaderboard and three back of the leaders.

The Spaniard made a sparkling start to his tour of the Gary Player Country Club, completing the front nine with five pars and four birdies (at the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 9th), but the return to the clubhouse was a much more rollercoaster affair, including two early bogeys at the 11th and 13th, a birdie at No. 14 in response, another dropped shot at the 16th, before he finished in style with back-to-back red numbers at the 17th and 18th. Cañizares is currently on a run of 9-for-10, but despite there being three top tens in that spell he hasn't cracked the top 20 in his last five starts.
Nov 11 - 11:09 AM

Alejandro Cañizares will bid to confirm his spot in next week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship with a good performance at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

Going into the leg two of the three-tournament Final Series, the Spaniard sits 53rd on the Race to Dubai so he controls his own fate (top 60 qualify). He consolidated his position with T22 in last week's Turkish Airlines Open and that followed T31 in Portugal. His total of five top 10s this season represents a career best although he's yet to land the big pay-day that gamers crave. Canizares is another first-timer at Gary Player Country Club while his best performance in the country is T6 at the 2013 South African Open.
Nov 9 - 4:38 AM

Alejandro Cañizares will make a fourth appearance in the Turkish Airlines Open when he tees it up at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort this week.

Three years ago the Spaniard headed into the final round of this event T3 after rounds of 67-68-66. He was six back of runaway leader Dubuisson, but a challenge wasn't out of the question. Alas, he shot 73 and fell back to T18. Since then he has posted results of T36 and T33 without contending. His season has featured two strong spells: a good Desert Swing (T5-T27-T8) and then three top tens in four starts in August and September. He arrives having made three straight cuts but not broken into the top 30 in that run. 52nd in the Race to Dubai, he might need to break the top 30 in the next two weeks to confirm his presence at the seasonal finale.
Nov 1 - 5:52 AM

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

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