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Alejandro Cañizares |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 172
College: Arizona State University

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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. Jul 30 - 11:52 AM

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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.
Jul 21 - 5:49 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.
Jun 26 - 2:08 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.
May 12 - 3:55 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.
Mar 26 - 9:45 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.
Mar 24 - 9:49 AM

Alejandro Cañizares went backwards early and closed with a 2-over-par 39-35=74 to finish T3 at the Maybank Malaysian Open with 13-under 275.

The Spaniard had high hopes of a third European Tour win at start of play but played the front nine in 3-over 39 after bogeys at the second, seventh and ninth. He continued to leak oil with further blemishes at 10 and 11 before a first birdie of the day at 12. More trouble followed as he bogeyed 13 but Cañizares finally found a groove with a trio of birdies at 14, 15 and 16. That run was enough to secure a top-three finish. He hit just 10 greens in regulation and was only 3-for-8 in scrambling.
Feb 8 - 3:36 AM

Overnight co-leader Alejandro Cañizares posted a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in his third round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The Spaniard opened birdie-birdie and added four birdies and an eagle-2 (at the 16th hole), but four bogeys thwarted another spot atop the leaderboard. Instead, at 15-under 201, he's two strokes adrift of Bernd Wiesberger's 54-hole lead. Cañizares has two wins on the European Tour, albeit eight years apart. The latter came just 11 months ago in Morocco.
Feb 7 - 2:24 AM

Alejandro Cañizares birdied three of his final four holes to blitz Kuala Lumpur G&CC for a 7-under-par 33-32=65 and tie for the halfway lead at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

That was the low 18 of the day and means he'll go into the weekend tied for the lead with defending champion Lee Westwood on 11-under 133. This is a continuation of the fine form the Spaniard showed in the Gulf Swing. We was bogey free on Friday, registering his opening three birdies at one, five and eight to turn in 33. A birdie at 10 took him to tied second and par breakers at 15, 16 and 18 hauled Cañizares into joint top spot.
Feb 6 - 6:01 AM

Alejandro Cañizares was prominent on the Gulf Swing and is in contention again after carding a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The Spaniard was 3-for-3 in the desert events, finishing T8 in Qatar and T12 in Abu Dhabi. He also has some good form at Kuala Lumpur G&CC having finished T9 in 2011 and also in the top 15 in 2010. No surprise then that he started out strong in round one, posting five birdies and a single bogey. Cañizares splashed red at 10, 14 and 18 and added further par breakers at the first and second. He closed with seven straight pars while his only error was a bogey at the par-3 15th. The 32-year-old is currently 35th in the Race To Dubai rankings.
Feb 5 - 6:56 AM

Alejandro Cañizares ended a solid week at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in Doha by taking solo eighth spot on 14-under 274 after a 3-under-par 36-33=69

The Spaniard had played the first three rounds without a bogey on his card and took his blemish-free streak to 56 after starting birdie-par on Saturday. It finally ended with a four on the par-3 third and six straight pars after that ended any realistic hopes he had of taking the title. Cañizares, who had started the final round just two shots back, threw the shackles off with birdies at 10, 12 and 14 and circled another at 18 to offset a bogey at 17. His stats from tee to green were modest all week but Cañizares built his success on a red-hot short game which showed him 21-for-23 in scrambling. His previous best finish in five visits to Qatar had been T54.
Jan 24 - 10:20 AM

Alejandro Cañizares has now played 54 holes without a bogey at the Commerical Bank Qatar Masters and will eye a crack at the title in Saturday's final round.

A 4-under-par 34-34=68 moved the Spaniard to 11-under 205 on Friday and that puts him just two behind co-leaders Marc Warren, Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo and Bernd Wiesberger. A razor-sharp short game has kept the bogeys at bay and the stats show that Cañizares is 15-for-15 in scrambling so far. The two-time European Tour winner continues to find birdies fairly elusive and carded just two in his opening 15 holes today. But he added to those par breakers at four and nine with a late pair at 16 and 17 to keep him on the heels of the leaders.
Jan 23 - 9:26 AM

Alejandro Cañizares kept a bogey off his card for the second day running at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and is just two off the lead a result.

Birdies at nine and 12 along with 16 pars added up to a 2-under-par 35-35=70 for the Spaniard and he's now at 7-under 137 at halfway. The in-form 32-year-old was T12 in Abu Dhabi last week and appears to have found a real groove. In fact, he's made just one bogey in his last 65 holes on the European Tour. The son of former Ryder Cup player José Maria Cañizares was T5 in this event last year but, despite the lack of errors, will likely need to step up the birdie count on the weekend to push for the title.
Jan 22 - 8:21 AM

Alejandro Cañizares was faultless in a 5-under-par 33-34=67 on the opening morning of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Building on a closing 66 and T12 in Dubai last week, the Spaniard hit the ground running with birdies at the first and third. He was steady after that with a run of 11 pars and a single birdie at the ninth before he added two more splashes of red at 16 and 18 to cap an excellent day. Last season's Trophée Hassan II winner is now in good position to match or better the T5 finish he posted in Qatar 12 months ago.
Jan 21 - 5:53 AM

Spain's Alejandro Cañizares finished off a wire-to-wire victory at the Trophée Hassan II with a 2-under-par 35-35=70 to post 19-under 269, good for a five-stroke margin over Andy Sullivan of England.

Cañizares set the tone for the week with career-low, 10-under 62 in the opening round at Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir, Morocco. He holed 11 birdies against one bogey and led England's Seve Bensen by one. The Spaniard followed with respective rounds of 68 and 69. It's his second on the European Tour, but it took eight years to validate (2006 Russian Open). Benson finished with a share of third place with Sweden's Magnus A. Carlsson, seven strokes in arrears of the champion. Cañizares started the week slotted 141st in the Official World Golf Ranking. He should vault to approximately 85th.
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 01:00:00 PM