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Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

  • Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
  • Residence: Madrid, Spain
  • Birth Date: 10/13/1980
  • Age: 28
  • Turned Pro: 2004
  • Eligibility Code: 12

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Player Notes

Captured the fourth Tour title of his career at the third extra hole of a thrilling sudden-death play-off with Lee Westwood at the Quinn Insurance British Masters at The Belfry. Followed in the footsteps of his idol, Seve Ballesteros, when his maiden victory came in the KLM Open at Hilversumsche Golf Club in 2005. Ballesteros's maiden victory also came in The Netherlands in 1976. While it took Ballesteros 27 attempts to win his first Tour title, Fernandez-Castano achieved the feat in only 16. It was a performance which ultimately saw him win the 2005 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award, again following in the footsteps of two more of his Spanish golfing heroes, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia. His position as one of Spain's leading talents was further underlined by his victory in the 2006 BMW Asian Open in a play-off, after which he promptly proposed to his girlfriend, Alicia, whom he married later in the year. Happily married, he returned to winning ways at the 2007 Italian Open. A week after his victory in Italy, his company – GFC Golf and Business – along with Miguel Angel Jimenez's company – Golf Accion – began their promotion of the Valle Romano Open de Andalucia at Aloha Golf Club. Then added the Madrid Masters to his golf promoter's in 2008. An accomplished tennis player too, he started playing golf under the tutelage of his father at the age of five. Now coached by Jose Carlos Gutierrez.

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