Alejandro Cañizares

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Alejandro Cañizares
— Golfer —
KLM 2009 Alejandro Canizeres.JPG
At the 2009 Dutch Open
Personal information
Full name José Alejandro Cañizares Gómez
Born (1983-01-09) 9 January 1983 (age 31)
Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
Nationality  Spain
Residence Málaga, Spain
Career
College Arizona State University
Turned professional 2006
Current tour(s) European Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T27: 2010
PGA Championship DNP
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Cañizares and the second or maternal family name is Gómez.

José Alejandro Cañizares Gómez (born 9 January 1983) is a Spanish professional golfer who plays on the European Tour.

Cañizares was born in Madrid, and is the son of five-time European Tour winner and four-time European Ryder Cup team member José Maria Cañizares. He attended college in the United States, where he won the 2003 NCAA men's golf championship while at Arizona State University. He turned professional in 2006.

In August 2006, Cañizares won on his third start as an affiliate member of the European Tour, at the Imperial Collection Russian Open.[1] The win gave him full membership of the tour for two years. It also put him into the record books as the fastest affiliate member to win on the tour, surpassing Sergio García and Graeme McDowell who had both won in their fourth tournaments.[2]

Cañizares earned his PGA Tour card for 2008 through the 2007 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. He divided his time between both the PGA and European tours during the season, but was only able to retain his playing status in Europe.

In March 2014, Cañizares won his second European Tour title at the Trophée Hassan II tournament in Morocco. He shot a 62 in the first round and lead wire-to-wire, culminating in a five-stroke victory to end an eight year drought on the tour.

Amateur wins (8)[edit]

  • 2002 Spanish Amateur Match Play Championship, Spanish Amateur Under 21 Championship
  • 2003 National Invitational, NCAA Championship
  • 2004 ASU Thunderbird Invitational
  • 2005 Big-10/Pac-10 Challenge, PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, Puerto Rico Classic

Professional wins (2)[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 20 Aug 2006 Imperial Collection Russian Open −22 (66-67-67-66=266) 4 strokes Scotland David Drysdale
2 16 Mar 2014 Trophée Hassan II −19 (62-68-69-70=269) 5 strokes England Andy Sullivan

European Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2010 Iberdrola Open Cala Millor Mallorca Sweden Peter Hanson Lost to par on first extra hole
2 2010 Alstom Open de France Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Italy Francesco Molinari Jiménez won with par on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Alejandro Cañizares
Tournament 2010 2011 2012
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T27 CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canizares claims Russian Open win". BBC Sport. 20 August 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Canizares Makes History in Russia". PGA European Tour. 20 August 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2009. [dead link]

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