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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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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

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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

Alejandro Canizares will tee it up at this week's Honda Classic.

The Spaniard finished a career-best T5 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic thanks to a closing 66 that included seven birdies. He ranked second-to-last in greens hit for the week but led the field in putting. He earns the exemption into the Honda for the top 10.
Mon, Feb 27, 2012 12:45:00 PM

Alejandro Canizares turned in a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in his opening round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, finishing one stroke off the overnight lead.

The former PGA TOUR member shared 10th place at last week's Avantha Masters in India, so today's round is a rousing success given his travel itinerary. But he's no stranger to this event with a 4-for-4 record that includes a top 15 in 2007. He hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens today, circling six birdies along the way.
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 07:36:00 PM

Alejandro Canizares is no longer listed in the field for this week's Madrid Masters.

Last Friday, we reported that he was also in the field for this week's Texas Open and needed four more starts to fulfill his PGA Tour membership requirement. That he withdrew from an event in his homeland is a strong indication that he'll be a mainstay in the U.S. into November.
Mon, Oct 6, 2008 10:20:00 PM

Alejandro Canizares is listed in the published fields for both the Madrid Masters and the Texas Open next week.

The rookie has played in just 11 PGA Tour events this year. He needs to tee it up in four of the five remaining tournaments to meet his memberhip requirement and avoid a five-year restriction of 10 events per year. That restriction would apply even if he would happen to earn his PGA Tour card again during that time frame. He's competed in six events on the European Tour since the Reno-Tahoe two months ago and seems committed to staying in Europe. Of course, Canizares hardly registers in fantasy formats but it's an interesting situation and one you don't see develop very often.
Source: PGATour.com
Fri, Oct 3, 2008 08:06:00 PM