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Alejandro Cañizares

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 172

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Alejandro Cañizares is a former winner of the Trophee Hassan II and returns this week on the back of T12 in his home Open de Espana on Sunday.
The Spaniard took the title at Golf du Palais Royal in 2014 after opening with a 62 and, despite not challenging again since, he's a perfect 3-for-3 at this week's venue, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, with a best of T34. On his first event for over two months, Canizares produced an encouraging display to finish just a shot outside the top 10 in Madrid last week while he was T22 in the Dubai Desert Classic two starts before. It's worth noting though that a wrist injury still concerns him. He told, "I’m working on my fitness. I had a couple of injuries last year and one has carried over into this year. I was very happy to play last week and the way things turned out, because I hadn’t practised in a while. I’m hoping for the same this week and that my wrist behaves." Apr 18 - 5:56 AM

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After a five-year absence, Alejandro Cañizares is back at Fanling to contest this week’s UBS Hong Kong Open.

The scheduling of the event hasn’t quite worked for the Spaniard in recent years but in his rare appearances the 34-year-old has enjoyed some decent success. Canizares took T8 on debut way back in 2006, shooting 63 in round three and a closing 67 to crash the top 10. He missed the cut on his next start in 2011 but returned the following year and recovered from an opening 74 to fire 68-67-67 and take T22. He’s playing this week on a Medical Extension having had to settle for 127th on last season’s Race to Dubai from 20 events. That was his worst finish since 2009. We last saw him finishing T36 in his home Andalucia Valderrama Masters and prior to that playing some good golf to register T15 in a classy Italian Open field.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 04:32:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares made the top four in last year's KLM Open at The Dutch and he returns to the Colin Montgomerie-designed par 71 again this week.

The Spaniard already owned a strong record in the Netherlands event, cashing eight times in his nine starts there and posting T7 on debut in 2006 and T12 in 2015. Both those finishes came at Kennemer but he took instantly to the new course last year with rounds of 67-67-70-68 to finish T4, seven behind winner Joost Luiten. Cañizares is down at 150th on this season's Race to Dubai having cashed just six times in 14 starts, a schedule hit by a wrist injury. He did bounce back from a run of four missed cuts through June and July by getting to the semi-finals of the Paul Lawrie Match Play but missed the cut (72-71) on his last start at the Made In Denmark three weeks ago.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 07:55:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares closed out his quarter final clash against Chris Paisley at the 20th hole in the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

The Spaniard came into this week having not recorded a single top 25 finish all season – a remarkable record for a player of his consistency. He’s also chasing a first win since 2014 and it’s in his sights after his tough last eight scrap with Paisley. At the first extra hole he fluffed his chip to 8’0" but holed the par putt to extend the match; at the 20th hole he stiffed his approach shot to claim the win. Earlier he found himself 2-down after three thanks to a brace of Paisley birdies. He won 5 and 8 (with par and birdie) to be all square at the turn, but lost the 10th to birdie. Red numbers at 11 and 13 gave him an edge that lasted until a Paisley tick at 15 and they halved the closing three holes. He plays fellow Spaniard Adrian Otaegui on Sunday morning.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 12:32:00 PM

Alejandro Cañizares downed the tournament host 2-and-1 in a match that was a tale of three chapters in the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria.

Cañizares and Lawrie went one way, then another, and finally turned again in the second round tie on the Beckenbauer Course. Initially it was all about the Spaniard who ticked 1, 4 and 8 to take a 3-up lead. Lawrie won the ninth with a par and then birdied the following four holes, three of them for wins to turn the tide in dramatic fashion. Cañizares responded with a birdie-2 to pull the tie level, they halved 15 with par breakers and then Lawrie cracked. His bogey lost the 16th and he conceded when unable to match the Cañiizares birdie at 17. It’s the third year in three that Lawrie has departed in the second round. The Spaniard will play Paul Dunne in the next round.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 12:33:00 PM

Alejandro Cañizares is back in action after a short injury time-out, teeing it up in the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth.

The Spaniard returns to action having pulled out of the GolfSixes with an originally undisclosed injury (which turned out to be discomfort in the wrist). If that strikes you as poor prep for Wentworth consider that he has history of laughing in the face of such problems. Four years ago he led after 54-holes despite not having played since a viral meningitis diagnosis in China four weeks earlier. He has a further three top 20 finishes on the course: T20 on debut in 2007, and T10 in both 2008 and 2015. It’s been a tough start to the year however, even before the wrist problem. Five starts in he’s yet to better T29 in the Shenzhen International.
Tue, May 23, 2017 05:51:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares will look to maintain the tradition of excellent Spanish pairings when he syncs with Pablo Larrazabal in the GolfSixes at the Centurion Club in St Albans, England. UPDATE Cañizares has been forced to pull out with an injury to his left wrist and has been replaced by Jorge Campillo. He tweeted: "Forced to withdraw from #GolfSixes due to an ongoing injury. Thought it's the best thing to do." There is no timeline for his return.

The Spaniard was a four-time competitor in the Palmer Cup (and a three-time winner) but this is his debut in team golf as a professional, giving him the opportunity to taste a little of the drama his father did in the Ryder Cup in the 1980s (Jose Maria owned a 5-4-2 record). He’s shown some flair for head-to-head golf when he’s had the chance, going 4-2 through two Paul Lawrie Match Plays, being defeated by semi-finalists on both occasions. He has four top tens from 18 starts in England, three of them at Wentworth. He smashed a final round 65 in the Shenzhen International two weeks ago and will be partner by one of the form players in the field. Their opponents in Group B are Thailand, Belgium and Scotland.
Wed, May 3, 2017 04:46:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares already has his name on the Trophee Hassan II silverware – can he add it again when he returns to Euro Tour action at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam?

The Spaniard two visits to the course have hinted at promise without it ever quite working out. Back in 2010 an opening 67 left him T7 before he logged T43, then 12 months ago he was T17 through 18 and 38 holes before slipping to T34. He can also boast a record of T21-T7-T11 at RTJ Sr’s Valderrama so there are plenty of reasons to expect another solid week, not least the fact that he was winner of this event in 2014. A mild worry will be that he had to withdraw from the Qatar Masters with a muscle tear and hasn’t been since.
Tue, Apr 11, 2017 09:49:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares had to pull out of the CommercialBank Qatar Masters ahead of the second round, following his opening lap of 1-under-par 71, citing a "muscle tear".

He wrote on Twitter: "I had to withdraw today due to a muscle tear. Disappointed to miss such a great course and tournament." There was no word on the likely recovery time or exact region the tear occurred. His opening round had included two birdies and one bogey. He prepared for the Dubai Desert Classic, but pulled out ahead of the first round, going on Twitter to add detail: "Had to withdraw again due to a muscle tear in the internal oblique."
Source: Twitter
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 08:55:00 AM

Alejandro Cañizares has finished T27 or better in five of his seven starts at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters with two top 10s in the last three years; he's back again for more in 2017.

The Spaniard ended T22 on debut in 2007 and T25 in 2012 before stepping up in 2014 when a closing 65 gave him a share of fifth spot. Four more solid rounds resulted in solo eighth in 2015 when he arrived on the back of T12 in Abu Dhabi. Cañizares reeled of three top 10s in his final nine starts of 2016 to finish 40th on the Race to Dubai - his second highest placing - and got four rounds under his belt in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last week. If gamers view that as a warm-up, his course form is certainly appealing.
Mon, Jan 23, 2017 03:53:00 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 01:45:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 10:05:00 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.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 11:09:00 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.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 04:38:00 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.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 05:52:00 AM