Could things be turning around for Mr. Cañizares? After one of his best all-around seasons in 2016 that placed him 40th on the final European Tour money list, the 34-year-old Spaniard hasn’t been able to keep it going.
With the weeks dwindling down to the Race to Dubai final series, it’s time for Cañizares to make a move to try to sniff the top 70. The Dutch isn’t a bad course for him to do so.
He shot four straight subpar rounds, including three in the 60s, to tie for fourth and was in contention on Sunday at the 2016 KLM Open.
The career two-time European Tour winner does not have a stroke play top-10 this season, but showed form in reaching the semifinals at the Paul Lawrie Match Play a few weeks ago.
Cañizares’ ball striking may falter in the wind (189th on the European Tour in greens in regulation), but his putting (19th in putts per round) and bunker game (2nd in sand saves) could be equalizers.
Cañizares is kind of a wild card, but coming off of two weeks of rest, he may not be a bad value play. His odds to win are in the area of +8000.