Alejandro Cañizares

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Alejandro Cañizares
KLM 2009 Alejandro Canizeres.JPG
At the 2009 Dutch Open
Personal information
Full nameJosé Alejandro Cañizares Gómez
Born (1983-01-09) 9 January 1983 (age 36)
Madrid, Spain
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
Nationality Spain
ResidenceMálaga, Spain
CollegeArizona State University
Turned professional2006
Current tour(s)European Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
European Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT27: 2010

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 led 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
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
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T27 CUT CUT
PGA Championship
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Team appearances[edit]


See also[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. Archived from the original on 28 November 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2009.

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