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Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (born 13 October 1980) is a Spanish professional golfer. He played on the European Tour, winning seven times, and currently plays on the PGA Tour.

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
Personal information
Full nameGonzalo Fernández-Castaño
NicknameGonzo[1]
Born (1980-10-13) 13 October 1980 (age 38)
Madrid, Spain
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb; 13.4 st)
Nationality Spain
ResidenceKey Biscayne, Florida
SpouseAlicia (m. 2006)
ChildrenGonzalo, Lola, Alicia
Career
Turned professional2004
Current tour(s)Web.com Tour
European Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins8
Number of wins by tour
European Tour7
Asian Tour2
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT20: 2013
PGA ChampionshipT32: 2009
U.S. OpenT10: 2013
The Open ChampionshipT47: 2009
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
2005

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Early lifeEdit

Fernández-Castaño was born in Madrid. He started playing golf at the age of three[2] and had a successful amateur career,[3] winning the 2003 Spanish Amateur Open Championship and achieving the first place in the Spanish amateur ranking in the same year. He represented Spain and Europe in several amateur team competitions, and was in the winning European team at the 2003 and 2004 Palmer Cup.

He turned professional at the end of 2004 after completing Stage One of the European Tour Qualifying School, finishing eighth at the Finals at San Roque Golf Club where he secured his card for the 2005 season.

Professional careerEdit

In his 2005 rookie season on the Tour, he won the KLM Open and the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. In 2006 he won the BMW Asian Open, which was co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour.

In 2007 he won his third European Tour tournament, the Italian Open. He has finished within the top 60 of the Order of Merit in each of his nine seasons on tour to date. He had one win on tour in 2008 at the Quinn Insurance British Masters.

He finished runner-up at the 2009 Estoril Open de Portugal after losing in a playoff to Michael Hoey. He would finish runner-up next week to Scott Strange at the Volvo China Open. He finished second for the third straight week at the Ballantine's Championship, where he lost to Thongchai Jaidee in a 3-way playoff in extremely tough conditions in Korea. He ended the season ranked 17th on the Race to Dubai.

In May 2009 he reached the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.

In November 2011, he won the Barclays Singapore Open in a playoff.[4] He had previously missed over six months of the season due to a back injury.

Fernández-Castaño won his sixth career European Tour title in September 2012 at the BMW Italian Open. This was also the second time that he had won at this event. Fernández-Castaño overcame a one shot final round deficit to prevail by two strokes over Garth Mulroy after a final round of 64.[5]

In early 2013, Fernández-Castaño played several events on the PGA Tour, finishing third in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on a sponsor's exemption and reaching the 27th place in the Official World Golf Ranking, his best to date. He earned enough money to be eligible for Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour, which he accepted. This allowed him unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of the 2013 season.[6] He also finished 10th in the U.S. Open, and concluded the season with more points than the 125th PGA Tour player to earn a place as a full member for 2014. On the European Tour he won the BMW Masters and finished six times in the top-10, missing only one cut in 21 events;[7] he ended the season ranked 7th on the Race to Dubai, his best ever performance to date.

The following season Fernández-Castaño decided to focus on the PGA Tour, playing most of his events in the United States. His best result and only top-10 of the year was in July at the RBC Canadian Open, where he finished tied for the 4th place.

The 2015 season of the PGA Tour proved to be less successful. He missed 15 cuts in 28 events played, finishing only 165th in the Fedex Cup ranking; between September and October he entered the Web.com Tour Finals in an attempt to save his PGA Tour membership, but failed to make an impact and ultimately lost his tour card.

Without his PGA Tour status, Fernández-Castaño decided to stay in the United States in 2016 and play the Web.com Tour hoping to quickly regain access to the major tour. He played 22 events in the regular season with two top-10 finishes, finishing only 64th. Entering for the second year in a row into the Web.com Tour Finals, he managed this time to graduate to the PGA Tour.

Amateur wins (1)Edit

  • 2003 Spanish Amateur Open Championship

Professional wins (8)Edit

European Tour wins (7)Edit

Legend
Race to Dubai finals series (1)
Other European Tour (6)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 12 Jun 2005 KLM Open −11 (66-70-66-67=269) 2 strokes   Gary Emerson
2 23 Apr 2006 BMW Asian Open
(co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour)
−7 (71-71-69-70=281) Playoff   Henrik Stenson
3 6 May 2007 Telecom Italia Open −16 (67-68-65=200) Playoff   Markus Brier
4 28 Sep 2008 Quinn Insurance British Masters −12 (71-70-68-67=276) Playoff   Lee Westwood
5 14 Nov 2011 Barclays Singapore Open
(co-sanctioned with Asian Tour)
−14 (66-61-72=199) Playoff   Juvic Pagunsan
6 16 Sep 2012 BMW Italian Open (2) −24 (68-65-67-64=264) 2 strokes   Garth Mulroy
7 27 Oct 2013 BMW Masters −11 (71-71-67-68=277) 1 stroke   Francesco Molinari,   Thongchai Jaidee

European Tour playoff record (4–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2006 BMW Asian Open   Henrik Stenson Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2007 Telecom Italia Open   Markus Brier Won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2008 Quinn Insurance British Masters   Lee Westwood Won with par on third extra hole
4 2009 Estoril Open de Portugal   Michael Hoey Lost to par on third extra hole
5 2009 Ballantine's Championship   Thongchai Jaidee,   Kang Sung-hoon Jaidee won with birdie on first extra hole
6 2011 Barclays Singapore Open   Juvic Pagunsan Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (1)Edit

  • 2005 Madrid Federation Championship (Peugeot Tour, Spain)

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament 61 T20 T26
U.S. Open CUT CUT T10 CUT
The Open Championship T48 T47 CUT T54 T54 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T32 T33 T62 CUT T58
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 2 19 12
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2012 Open Championship – 2013 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R16 R64
Cadillac Championship T37 T55 T43 T54
Bridgestone Invitational 75 T70 T55 T38 62
HSBC Champions T45 T28 T39
  Top 10
  Did not play
  • QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
  • "T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Friend In Need, Friend Indeed". Golf Digest. 15 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Gonzalo Fernandez Castano Biography". Gonzalo Fernandez Castano website. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Gonzalo Fernandez Castano career summary". Gonzalo Fernandez Castano website. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Spain's Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño wins Singapore Open play-off". BBC Sport. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Spain's Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño wins BMW Italian Open". European Tour. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Olesen now temporary member". PGA Tour. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Gonzalo Fernandez Castano 2013 results". European Tour. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

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