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Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 10/13/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 187

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Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño will make a sixth start at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in this week's BMW International Open in Pulheim, Germany.
It's been a busy year for the Spaniard, who has his eye on two prizes. On the one hand he chases a PGA Tour card on the Tour, on the other he has resumed action in Europe. 15 starts in and he's been a bit up and down. He's 7-for-15, which doesn't sound great, but at least when he makes the weekend he plays strong, collecting nothing but top 30s and three of them top tens. T4 at the Qatar Masters is his highlight and this week he returns to Gut Larchenhof where he's 5-for-5 and was tied third in 2012. His form is simmering. T30 in the Italian Open and T14 last time out on the Tour. Jun 20 - 5:40 AM

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Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño returns to the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England after a five year absence.

The Spaniard has a poor overall record on the West Course but maybe don't rule out an early charge. He's just 3-for-7 since debut in 2006 and two of his weekends resulted nothing better than T60 and T62 (on last outing in 2013), but he did manage T11 in 2009. That year he opened with a 67 to hold a share of the early lead and in 2013 a Thursday 68 left him T3. But in 20 laps he's 13 times needed 73 strokes or more. His 2018 form is bizarre. He's just 5-for-12 on the ET and Tours but when he makes a weekend he thrives: He's got four finishes of T24 or better on the latter and ticked T4 in the Qatar Masters on the former. Closed last week's BMW Charity Pro-am with a 62.
May 23 - 7:04 AM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño claimed a first European Tour top five in nearly five years at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC; his final round 4-under-par 35-33=68 leaving him in T4 on 15-under 273.

The Spaniard relocated to Florida in recent years, playing first the PGA and then Tour. In late 2017 he regained his ET tour card at Q School and his first start was a missed cut in Oman last week. This latest performance was a reminder of the golfer who won the 2013 BMW Masters (that last top five) and another six wins before that. He ticked two early holes (at 1 and 4) but dropped a shot at the ninth. The back nine was a different story as he reeled off a hat-trick of red at 10, 11 (from off the green) and 12. Six pars followed, despite opportunities, so he'll be a little disappointed at not spooking the leaders, but a fine return to old ways in Europe and a fourth top 20 in Qatar.
Feb 25 - 5:37 AM

World No. 769 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano twirled a bogey-free 5-under-par 35-32=67 in today's final round of the Valero Texas Open to conclude on 5-under 283, up 22 places on the live leaderboard to T13 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Fdez-Castano finished T13 and carded the only blemish-free lap in R4, while runner-up Brooks Koepka shot the low round with 65.

This was the Tour grad's third appearance and first time playing more than two rounds. He missed the cuts in 2013 and 2015 and had yet to break par. The 36-year-old was making his 11th start of the season with a previous best of T29 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms back in October. After opening in 73-68-75, he began even-par (T35), six shy of the overnight top 10, and mustered six (of 14) fairways but pelted 14 greens in regulation. The Spaniard posted 3.000 SG: Tee-to-Green and 3.204 SG: Putting, circling three birdies and an eagle-3 at 14, three of those dropping from inside of 14 feet with a long of 22'7" for birdie-4 at the second.
Sun, Apr 23, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano returns for his second visit to the Sanderson Farms Championship after a T15 last year on rounds of 69-72-67-68. UPDATE: Fdez-Castano eventually finished T29 on 7-under 281 (69-69-74-69).

This is the Spaniards third season on the PGA TOUR, first since 2014-15 and first as a Tour grad. In his first campaign on the junior circuit last season, he finished 64th on the WCT regular-season money list but 16th in the WCT Finals (12th if you exclude The 25) with three top 25s, one for a top 10 (T9, Boise Open). The recently turned 36-year-old (Oct. 13th) has four career top-10 finishes in 89 career TOUR events, most recently a T4 at the 2014 RBC Canadian Open. He kicked off 2016-17 with a missed cut (by two) at the Safeway Open (73-70).
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 04:13:00 PM

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano makes the trip home for the Open de Espana at Valderrama.

One of the European Tour’s most reliable money-making - and winning - machines between 2005 and 2013, the Spaniard then moved his family to Florida and gave the PGA Tour a crack. He made his card in 2014, but lost it last year and is now based on the Tour, but is tempted back by his home Open. Hasn’t been in the top ten anywhere since a T4 in the Canadian Open back in July 2014, but it would not be a complete surprise if improved on that this week: he’s made the top ten 10 times in 40 Spanish starts. His course form, however, is consistent, without suggesting he has the spark needed to contend. In six visits there he has never finished worse than T34, but never better than T12.
Wed, Apr 13, 2016 06:24:00 AM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño turns his attention to this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba for another look at El Camaleón Golf Club.

The Spaniard is 2-for-3 in his career at the OHL Classic, with a T49 in 2009 being the highlight. Playing without status after a poor 2014-15, he will look to parlay this week's sponsor exemption into a top finish. Fernández-Castaño is coming fresh off a T15 at the Sanderson Farms Championship, so perhaps the motivation of no PGA TOUR card is what he thrives on.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 09:19:00 AM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño's fight for PGA TOUR status begins at this week's Hotel Fitness Championship.

GFC finished the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season ranked 165th in the FedExCup standings. After looking like a sure thing over the prior two seasons, the Spaniard is a strong example of how hard maintaining a PGA TOUR card really is. On the season he packed his bags early in 15 of his 28 starts, carding just one top 25. Fernández-Castaño is extremely talented and gamers should keep a close eye on him during these Tour Finals while the pressure is on.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 07:59:00 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño opened the Quicken Loans National with a 5-under-par 34-32=66.

The Spaniard has been making more noise of late but he's still outside the top 170 in both FedExCup points and earnings. Today's aggregate was so impressive, however, that it equals his lowest lid-lifter in 83 previous starts on the PGA TOUR (2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational). GFC piped only half of the 14 fairways but he hit 13 greens in regulation at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club today. That yielded four par breakers, including an eagle at the par-5 fifth hole where he jarred a bunker shot from 27 yards, and a birdie from 11'9" at the par-4 10th. He added a pair of zero-putt birdies, first from the rough eight yards away at the par-4 second, and then from just off the green five yards away at the par-3 fourth. Fernández-Castaño is three strokes off the pace of the overnight co-leaders.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 08:51:00 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño preps in earnest for his Quicken Loans National debut this week at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia.

Fernández-Castaño finished 82nd in FedExCup points in 2013-14, advancing to the second round of the FEC Playoffs before being eliminated. Now in his second season on the PGA TOUR, the Spaniard longs for brighter days, clocking in this week 172nd in the FEC standings. The 34-year-old began 2015 at No. 104 in the Official World Golf Ranking and enters the festivities at No. 307. He's made the weekend just 10 times on 25 starts in 2014-15, back-dooring a T16 at the AT&T Byron Nelson with a final-round, 7-under 63 for his only top 25. He chased the Byron Nelson with three consecutive missed cuts, but has cashed in his last three events posting T37 (The Greenbrier Classic), T28 (John Deere Classic) and T61 in his last start at the Barbasol Championship.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 08:25:00 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño smoothed a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of The Greenbrier Classic to reach the three-quarter pole at 7-under 203, four strokes back of the clubhouse leader Jason Bohn.

Fernández-Castaño began the year at No. 104 in the Official World Golf Ranking and has cratered to No. 291 entering his second Greenbrier Classic (T64/2014). The 34-year-old sits 178th in the FedExCup standings, missing 15 cuts on 22 starts, with a season-best T16 at the AT&T Byron Nelson, his only top-25 finish of his 2014-15 campaign. GFC began his third round at 3-under (T50) and six swings off the pace. The Spaniard split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, converting on just three for a -1.357 strokes gained: putting at the time he signed his card. In fairness, he only missed one scoring chance from inside of 10 feet. His four-birdie set included three the conventional way, with a long of 4'8" at the par-5 12th, and one of the zero-putt variety, holing out from the rough 15'9" right of the target at the fourth, his only circle on his outward half. The 34-year-old sits T16 with play still in progress, up 34 places on the day.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 02:34:00 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño will have a second look at The Old White TPC during this week's Greenbrier Classic.

The Spaniard opened strong last week with a 2-under 68 before falling just below the cut line by Friday's end. It was his third straight missed cut, his seventh over his last eight. His second season as a PGA TOUR card holder is not going so smoothly as he enters the week ranked 178th on the FedExCup leaderboard. Gamers can look elsewhere when piecing together fantasy rosters this week.
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 07:58:00 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño enters this week's Memorial fresh off a slump-buster at last week's Byron Nelson.

Last week GFC collected his first top 25 since last year's Barclays. He is 2-for-2 at Muirfield Village Golf Club, but he's signed for just one red number in eight rounds. After finishing 82nd in the FedExCup last season, he is behind pace ahead of this week, currently ranking 170th.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 08:28:00 PM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño turns his attention to TPC Sawgrass for this week's PLAYERS.

In 2014-15 the Spaniard played in every major, every WGC event, and THE PLAYERS. His best finish among those was a T26 at the Masters. Now he returns to a venue where he is 1-for-2 with a T38 last year. The full-time gig on the PGATOUR isn't working out so well for GFC as he's just 6-for-16 this season and still searching for his first top 25.
Wed, May 6, 2015 08:20:00 AM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño makes first appearance at Shell Houston Open.

Fernández-Castaño has played in three consecutive Masters and if wants that streak to continue he'll need to win this week at the GC of Houston to get in. The 2005 European Tour Rookie of the Year and seven-time winner overseas has not been able to transfer that success to the U.S. Now in his second full season on the PGA TOUR, the 34-year-old Spaniard is just 5-for-13 in 2014-15 with his best finish being a T27 at the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open. He has since missed his last three cuts and enters this week 192nd in the FedExCup standings. Once ranked as high as 27th in the Official World Golf Ranking, his lack of success on the PGA TOUR has seen him fall all the way down to 164th.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 09:30:00 PM