Canizares – Like father like son

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Tournament: The Cadillac Russian Open
Venue: Le Meridien Moscow CC, Russia
Winner Alejandro Canizares

Spain’s Alejandro Canizares, son of former Ryder Cup star Jose Maria, shot a final-round 66 to win the Russian Open.
The 23-year-old followed in the footsteps of his father, a seven-time winner on tour, by finishing 22 under at the Moscow Country Club, four shots clear of Scotland’s David Drysdale.
Defending champion Mikael Lundberg also carded a six-under-par 66 to finish one shot further back in joint third alongside Ireland’s Gary Murphy, who shot a third successive 68.
“This is unbelievable. This means everything. I was trying to get my card through exemptions and now I have done it by winning my third event so this is way beyond my expectations,” said Canizares.
“Now I can focus on winning more. I hit the ball great this week and my rhythm and timing with my irons was perfect.
“This is probably the best that I have played so far in my career, one of my best weeks ever.
“I spoke to my father last night and he told me to keep my confidence high and not to think of anybody else out there.
“He told me to beat the golf course not my opponents because you have no control over your opponents but you do have control over what you do on the course.”
Drysdale, who partnered Canizares in the final group today, was impressed by the Spaniard.
“You can’t take anything away from him today, he played brilliantly,” said the Scot.
“I started one behind him and levelled with him at one stage but he never flinched. Some of his iron play was awesome.”
ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
(Gbr and Irl unless stated, par 72):
266 Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 66 67 67 66
270 David Drysdale 62 70 69 69
271 Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 68 67 70 66, Gary Murphy 67 68 68 68
272 Leif Westerberg (Swe) 68 71 63 70
273 Alexandre Rocha (Bra) 69 68 69 67
274 Carlos Rodiles (Spa) 63 69 69 73
275 Jarrod Moseley (Aus) 75 68 65 67, James Heath 71 67 69 68
276 Fredrik Henge (Swe) 71 67 69 69, Seve Benson 71 70 69 66, Lee Slattery 72 71 65 68, Adrien Mork (Fra) 68 69 72 67, David Dixon 69 69 70 68, Massimo Scarpa (Ita) 70 67 69 70, Jorge Benedetti (Col) 69 69 71 67, Ian Garbutt 71 70 68 67
277 Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 72 70 70 65, Andrew Butterfield 68 67 71 71, Marco Ruiz (Par) 68 69 70 70, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 66 69 73 69, Stephen Browne 70 69 67 71
278 Magnus Persson (Swe) 69 70 68 71, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 72 68 69 69, Iain Pyman 76 67 68 67, James Kingston (Rsa) 65 69 73 71, Benn Barham 69 69 68 72, Rodolfo Gonzalez (Arg) 67 69 70 72, Richard McEvoy 72 69 67 70, Benoit Teilleria (Fra) 70 68 68 72, Mark Mouland 72 68 67 71
279 Klas Eriksson (Swe) 68 70 70 71, Cedric Menut (Fra) 66 72 68 73, Toni Karjalainen (Fin) 69 70 68 72
280 Francis Valera (Spa) 65 67 74 74, Carl Suneson (Spa) 72 68 69 71, Robert Coles 73 68 69 70, David Higgins 70 67 72 71, Philip Golding 67 72 72 69
281 Henrik Nystrom (Swe) 71 72 69 69, Sean Whiffin 71 69 70 71, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 68 73 74 66, Luis Claverie (Spa) 72 69 70 70, Johan Skold (Swe) 71 70 72 68, Claes Nilsson (Swe) 71 67 68 75, Ariel Canete (Arg) 72 70 69 70, Jonathan Lomas 68 72 72 69, Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 72 69 68 72
282 Titch Moore (Rsa) 69 73 71 69, Roope Kakko (Fin) 70 71 74 67, Gary Clark 73 70 69 70, Gustavo Acosta (Arg) 70 72 69 71, Sebastien Delagrange (Fra) 73 66 71 72, Jamie Donaldson 73 70 67 72, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 69 72 70 71, Michael Hoey 70 69 73 70
283 Garry Houston 67 74 71 71, Pedro Linhart (Spa) 73 69 71 70
284 Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 68 71 73 72, Tuomas Tuovinen (Fin) 75 68 65 76, Oskar Henningsson (Swe) 69 71 73 71
285 Santiago Luna (Spa) 70 70 71 74, Sam Osborne 72 70 74 69
286 Stephen Scahill (Nzl) 72 71 71 72, Matt Dearden 72 70 72 72, Pelle Edberg (Swe) 73 70 69 74, Thomas Sundstrom (Fin) 71 71 72 72
287 Oliver Whiteley 71 70 73 73, Peter Gustafsson (Swe) 75 68 73 71
288 Carlos Del Moral (Spa) 69 71 68 80
289 Marco Bernardini (Ita) 71 72 71 75, Kalle Brink (Swe) 73 70 74 72
290 Markus Westerberg (Swe) 72 71 74 73
291 Robert Wragg 70 69 76 76

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