José María Cañizares

José Maria Cañizares
Personal information
Full name José Maria Cañizares
Born (1947-02-16) 16 February 1947
Madrid, Spain
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Nationality  Spain
Residence Manilva, Málaga, Spain
Spouse Felicidad
Children Genoveva, Gabriel, Alejandro
Turned professional 1967
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 5
PGA Tour Champions 1
Other 6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T11: 1985, 1986
PGA Championship CUT: 1986

José Maria Cañizares (born 18 February 1947) is a Spanish golfer.

Cañizares was born in Madrid. He turned professional in 1967 and made the top hundred on the European Tour Order of Merit every year from its first season in 1972 through to 1993. He placed in the top ten five times, with a best ranking of fourth in 1983. He won five events on the tour.

Cañizares was a member of four European Ryder Cup teams and had a record of 5 wins, 4 losses and two ties, including 2.5 points in four singles matches. In 1985 his singles victory over Fuzzy Zoeller rubber-stamped a European win that took the trophy from the Americans for the first time in 28 years. In 1989 his putt to beat Ken Green on the 18th at The Belfry ensured a 14-14 tie and keep the cup in European hands.

Cañizares won the World Cup team event for Spain on two occasions. In 1982 his partner was Manuel Piñero. In 1984 he teamed up with José Rivero, and on that occasion he also took the individual prize.

After becoming eligible for senior tournaments in 1997 Cañizares played mainly on the U.S. based Champions Tour. He won once as a senior, at the 2001 Toshiba Senior Classic. In 2000 he had ten top ten finishes and set a then tour record for season earnings without a win of US$1,155,939. He also played a few times on the European Seniors Tour.

Cañizares' son Alejandro won a European Tour event in 2006.

Professional wins (12)

European Tour wins (5)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 1 Jun 1980 Avis Jersey Open +1 (71-67-71-71=281) 2 strokes Scotland Steve Martin
2 28 Sep 1980 Bob Hope British Classic −19 (68-67-70-64=269) 1 stroke Spain Seve Ballesteros, United States Lee Trevino
England Brian Waites
3 1 May 1981 Italian Open −8 (68-71-70-71=280) Playoff United States Bobby Clampett
4 25 Sep 1983 Bob Hope British Classic −19 (70-65-68-66=269) 1 stroke Northern Ireland David Feherty
5 5 Apr 1992 Roma Masters −2 (72-71-69-74=286) Playoff England Barry Lane

European Tour playoff record (2–3)

1 1981 Italian Open United States Bobby Clampett Won with par on first extra hole
2 1983 Paco Rabanne Open de France England Nick Faldo, England David J Russell Faldo won with par on third extra hole
Russell eliminated with birdie on first hole
3 1983 Martini International England Nick Faldo Lost to par on third extra hole
4 1985 Cepsa Madrid Open Spain Manuel Piñero Lost on fourth extra hole
6 1992 Roma Masters England Barry Lane Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (6)

Champions Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 4 Mar 2001 Toshiba Senior Classic –11 (65-70-67=202) Playoff United States Gil Morgan

Champions Tour playoff record (1–3)

1 1998 Bell Atlantic Classic United States Jay Sigel Lost to birdie on third extra hole
2 1999 Southwestern Bell Dominion United States Bruce Fleisher, United States John Mahaffey Mahaffey won with birdie on second extra hole
Fleisher eliminated with birdie on first hole
3 2000 ACE Group Classic United States Walter Hall, United States Lanny Wadkins, United States Tom Watson Wadkins won with par on third extra hole
Hall and Watson eliminated with par on first hole
4 2001 Toshiba Senior Classic United States Gil Morgan Won with birdie on ninth extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Open Championship CUT CUT T22 CUT T36 T11 T11 CUT CUT DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
The Open Championship 72 CUT CUT DNP CUT

Note: Cañizares never played in the Masters Tournament nor the U.S. Open.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances

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