Also known as:Gonzo
Born:Oct 13, 1980 in Madrid, Spain.
Played as the BMW Masters presented by SRE Group (Oct 24-27; Eurpn Tr/CGA event; first of four Eurpn Tr Final Series events). Second-placed Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) and Francesco Molinari (Italy) finished 1 shot behind Fernández-Castaño (Esp). [Lake Malaren GC, Shanghai, China].
Played as the BMW Italian Open presented by CartaSi (Sept 13-16). Second-placed Garth Mulroy (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Fernández-Castaño (Esp). [Trent Jones Sr course, Royal Park I Roveri, Fiano, nr Torino].
Played as the Barclays Singapore Open (Nov 10-12; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Fernandez-Castano (Esp) beat Juvic Pagunsan (Phi) at the second playoff hole. Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Serapong course, Sentosa GC, Singapore. Early rounds also played on the Tanjong course].
Played as the Quinn Insurance British Masters (Sept 25-28). Fernández-Castaño (Esp) beat defending champion Lee Westwood (Eng) with a par at the third playoff hole. [Brabazon course, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Birmingham].
Played as the Telecom Italia Open (May 3-6). Fernández-Castaño (Esp) beat Markus Brier (Aus) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. Reduced to 54 holes due to rain. [Castello Tolcinasco GC, Pieve Emanuele, nr Milan].
Played as the BMW Asian Open (April 20-23; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Fernández-Castaño (Esp) beat Henrik Stenson (Swe) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th). [Tomson GC, Pudong, Shanghai, China].
Played as the KLM Open (June 9-12). Second-placed Gary Emerson (Eng) finished 2 shots behind tour rookie and first-time European Tour winner Fernández-Castaño (Esp), playing in his 16th start on the Tour. [Hilversumsche GC, Hilversum, nr Amsterdam].
Fernandez-Castano (Esp) won the European Tour 2005 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Fernandez-Castano finished 57th on the Tour's Order of Merit, with earnings of €423,945.
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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