José Alejandro Cañizares Gómez (born 9 January 1983) is a Spanish professional golfer.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 whilst 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. 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.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.
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