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Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/13/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 187
College: Spain

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Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño makes his 17th start of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season at The Greenbrier Classic.
This is the Spaniard's first look at The Old White TPC, and he's clearly grinding hard to earn a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card. He enters the week 128th in the FedExCup standings and on the wrong side of the Playoff bubble. His best finish of the season was a T24 at The Honda Classic, followed closely by a T26 in the Travelers Championship the last time he teed it up. Jul 1 - 9:28 PM

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Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño carded a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in his opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Fernández-Castaño arrived for his debut in Memphis ranked 133rd in FedExCup points without the benefit of a top-20 payday, but he's a relatively safe long-term option given his elevated world ranking. Teeing off in the first threesome off the first tee in today's afternoon wave, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation at TPC Southwind today, picking off six birdies along the way. His longest bracketed the walk, measuring 11'3" and 18'3" at the par-4 first and 18th holes, respectively. GFC also squared a double-bogey 6 at 9 and a bogey-5 at 13, but he still walked off just two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Jun 5 - 9:06 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño enjoyed a 5-under-par 33-34=67 for his opening round of THE PLAYERS.

The Spaniard held the outright lead until swallowing a bogey-6 at the ninth hole where he completed his round. As a result, he settled for a share of the clubhouse lead. Prior to it, he buried seven birdies, including rolls from 11'5" and 12'1" at the 12th and seventh holes, respectively. He longest conversion of the day dropped for par from 13'3" at 15. GFC missed the cut in his debut here a year ago. As a first-time member of the PGA TOUR this season, he's still in pursuit of a breakout performance as he arrived sitting T126 in FedExCup points in 11 starts.
May 8 - 12:36 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño turns his attention towards TPC Sawgrass for his second stop at THE PLAYERS.

GFC enters the week 126th in the FedExCup standings having made eight of 11 cuts, but has yet to score a top-20 finish. He missed the cut in his first stop at Sawgrass last year. His T26 at the Masters offered encouragement that he was about to turn a corner for the better, but he followed that up with a T53 at the RBC Heritage and a missed cut at the Wells Fargo Championship.
May 6 - 7:42 AM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño is back at Augusta National Golf Club for his third consecutive Masters.

Fernández-Castaño was 61st in 2012 before improving to a T20 last year. When perusing his stat sheet, he doesn't stand out as a player that would necessarily feast on Augusta National, but the proof is in the pudding. It will be interesting to see if he continues his upward trend this week.
Apr 8 - 9:09 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño spun a 6-under-par 35-31=66 in his opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to assume outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

This is the kind of start that the Spaniard has needed all season. With seven events in the books, the first-time PGA TOUR member arrived at Bay Hill tied for 125th in FedExCup points. It's hardly the kind of foray that you'd expect from a healthy talent inside the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking (42nd). He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation today. That proficiency paved the way for eight birdies, the longest of the conventional measuring 13'8" at the third hole. He also circled a zero-putt birdie from seven yards at 1 to set the tone for the round. While Fernández-Castaño squared two bogeys, including a three-putt number from 33'5" at 5 (where he whiffed on a two-footer for par), he compensated with a par save from off the green and four yards away at 10. Today's aggregate matches his career low on the PGA TOUR (2009 OHL Classic at Mayakoba, second round). This week's API is his 41st career start.
Mar 20 - 12:48 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño appears for the fourth time in five years at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Champions.

Trump National Doral has received a big face lift since his T43 last year, and perhaps that will be just fine with GFC. A T37 in 2010 represented his best finish and, given the field is limited and doesn't include a cut, that isn't very good. This is his first season as a member of the PGA TOUR, so the free FedExCup points could be crucial to the success of his season.
Mar 3 - 9:44 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño completed 36 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open in 11-over-par 72-83=155 and will miss the cut.

No kidding he'll miss the cut. Not only was his opener on the North Course at Torrey Pines nearly one-and-a-half swings more than the field average for the day, but he squared nine bogeys and a double on the South today to clinch the weekend off. GFC split nine (of 14) fairways today but hit only three greens in regulation. He's going to be prone to disappearing at times, but today's result doesn't even qualify as much of a lesson for anyone.
Jan 24 - 4:57 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño will tee it up for the second time in 2013-14 at the Farmers Insurance Open.

The Spaniard is playing Torrey Pines for the first time, so course history is a major question. He only has one start under his belt in 2013-14, tying for 39th in the no-cut WGC-HSBC Champions back in early November. Considering this is his maiden voyage in this event, invest lightly, if at all.
Jan 21 - 8:47 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño is an exempt member of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR thanks to his non-member earnings in 2013.

The Spaniard has essentially committed to play the required 15 starts of membership, and is expected to balance his time between the PGA TOUR and the European Tour where he is a known commodity. Chances are, a high percentage of his starts on the PGA TOUR will come in WGCs and majors, so expect him to compete against loaded fields. That should water down his value to a degree. Consistent with that theory, his only start so far in 2013-14 was a T39 at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:56:00 PM

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño followed his opening 67 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions with a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in his second round.

He's fortunate to land under par today. After a bogey at the par-3 fourth holes, he circled birdies at 5 and 11 to flip the script. However, a double bogey at the par-4 13th ensued, pushing him back to 1-over, but Fernandez-Castaño would close birdie-par-birdie and sign his card at 6-under 138, one stroke back of the 36-hole clubhouse leaders.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 03:20:00 AM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño turned in a 5-under-par 35-32=67 for his opening round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

GFC walked off Sheshan International with the clubhouse lead, but not before he converted six birdies, including four in a row beginning at the fifth hole. Fernandez-Castaño opened with a birdie at the par-4 10th to signify that his form was still on point after winning last week across town. His only blemish today occurred at the par-4 16th hole where he settled for a 5.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 02:21:00 AM

Despite a double bogey at his 72nd hole, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño emerged with a one-stroke victory at the BMW Masters.

The Spaniard started the final round at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China one stroke back of overnight co-leaders Luke Guthrie and fellow countryman Rafael Cabrera-Bello, both of whom dropped a shot on the par-4 first hole. Cutting right to the chase, GFC would play his first 17 holes in bogey-free 6-under with six birdies before the gaffe at 18 where he landed in two bunkers before closing out the title with a kick-in for a 6 and 4-under 68 to post 11-under 277. Guthrie played out his string bogey-free, but found only two birdies to finish in solo fourth at 279. RCB blew up for a 73 to total 281 and place T8. Francesco Molinari closed with a 64 (1 eagle, 8 birdies, 2 bogeys) to share runner-up honors with Thongchai Jaidee (6-under 66; 7 birdies, 1 bogey) at 10-under 278. Fernandez-Castaño's seventh career European Tour victory exempts him into this week's WGC-HSBC Champions.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 05:00:00 AM

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño will join the ranks of the PGA TOUR in 2013-14.

The Associated Press reported the news. The Spaniard pocketed $858,653 in non-member earnings in 12 starts. He survived eight cuts, three of which going for top 10s. Currently 52nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, he may find himself on the bubble for entry into the biggest tournaments, but internationals tend to gain on their American counterparts later in the calendar year. Even with the newly formatted beginning of the PGA TOUR this fall, The Final Series to decide the Race to Dubai on the European Tour should provide GFC with the necessary opportunities to climb in the ranks.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño won the 2012 BMW Italian Open and one of the spoils of that victory is a spot in the field at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

The Spaniard has several notable finishes on the world stage this year. Of note, he shared third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and tied for 10th at the U.S. Open. His T55 at Firestone last year was his best finish in three starts in Akron, so course history suggests sitting this one out.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 09:36:00 PM