ISPS Handa Vic Open R1

Alejandro Cañizares takes surprise lead

February 06-09
13th Beach GC, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
AU$1,600,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Spain’s Alejandro Cañizares pulled no punches in describing his previous poor form after claiming a surprise lead in the ISPS Handa Vic Open.

Cañizares has had to return to the qualifying school to keep his European Tour card for the past two seasons and has recorded just two top-10 finishes in the last three years.

The 37-year-old is ranked a lowly 788th in the world but insists he remains fully motivated after carding 10 birdies and a solitary bogey in an opening 63 at 13th Beach Golf Club.


“It was a great round,” Cañizares said. “I putted really well, I hit the ball well as well, I don’t think I missed many greens. It was one of those days where you saw the hole pretty big.

“I didn’t have many expectations because it’s a long way from home so you don’t know how you’re going to feel but I was hitting the ball well, I’m working on the right things.

“I’m just surprised I’ve played so bad the last three years more so than today. It’s been complicated; I got injured three years ago and it took a while. I became a dad a year ago, life changes.

“I’m getting back to it, I’m starting to work hard on it and I’m still motivated. I’ve been on Tour for 13 or 14 years and I still want to do it. I’ve still got half of my career ahead of me.”

Cañizares enjoyed a two-shot lead over the home quartet of Matthew Griffin, Travis Smyth, Justin Warren and Jake McLeod, with defending champion David Law five shots off the pace following a 68.


The tournament is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and LPGA and features men and women playing on the same courses at the same time, for equal prize money.

In the women’s event, Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom and South Korea’s Haeji Kang share the lead on eight under par, with Dame Laura Davies two shots behind following a 67 which included eight birdies and two bogeys.


Davies was playing her first competitive round since August 2019 and the 56-year-old was delighted with the result.

“My mum wasn’t very well and I just stayed at home with her,” Davies said. “Just kept entering tournaments and had to withdraw, withdraw because she wasn’t getting any better.

“It just worked out that I had six months off and now I turn up here not knowing what I’m doing. I’ve been on Tour 35 years and I didn’t have a clue what to do. It was a bit weird, but a good result.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Alejandro Cañizares
ESP
-9
63
T2
Jake McLeod
AUS
-7
65
T2
Justin Warren
AUS
-7
65
T2
Matthew Griffin
AUS
-7
65
T2
Travis Smyth
AUS
-7
65
T6
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-6
66
T6
Andrew Evans
AUS
-6
66
T6
Andrew Martin
AUS
-6
66
T6
Brad Kennedy
AUS
-6
66
T6
Jediah Morgan
AUS
-6
66
T6
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-6
66
T6
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
-6
66
T6
Zach Murray
AUS
-6
66
T14
Ashley Hall
AUS
-5
67
T14
Derek Ackerman
USA
-5
67
T14
Gareth Paddison
NZL
-5
67
T14
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
-5
67
T14
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-5
67
T14
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
-5
67
T14
Matthew Stieger
AUS
-5
67
T14
Michael Hendry
NZL
-5
67
T14
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-5
67
T14
Peter Wilson
AUS
-5
67
T14
Ryan Fox
NZL
-5
67
T14
Sean Crocker
USA
-5
67
T14
Shae Wools-Cobb
AUS
-5
67
T14
Simon Hawkes
AUS
-5
67
T14
Steven Jeffress
AUS
-5
67
T14
Wil Besseling
NED
-5
67
T30
Ben Eccles
AUS
-4
68
T30
Benjamin Poke
DNK
-4
68
T30
Blake Collyer
AUS
-4
68
T30
Chang-Gi Lee
NZL
-4
68
T30
Daniel Hillier
NZL
-4
68
T30
David Law
SCO
-4
68
T30
David Smail
NZL
-4
68
T30
Hugo Leon
CHI
-4
68
T30
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-4
68
T30
Josh Younger
AUS
-4
68
T30
Lars van Meijel
NED
-4
68
T30
Nick Cullen
AUS
-4
68
T30
Ryan McCarthy
AUS
-4
68
T30
Scott Arnold
AUS
-4
68
T30
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
-4
68
T30
Taylor MacDonald
FJI
-4
68
T30
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-4
68
T47
Aaron Townsend
AUS
-3
69
T47
Andre Lautee
AUS
-3
69
T47
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-3
69
T47
Blake Windred
AUS
-3
69
T47
Brady Watt
AUS
-3
69
T47
Darren Beck
AUS
-3
69
T47
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-3
69
T47
Haotong Li
CHN
-3
69
T47
James Anstiss
NZL
-3
69
T47
Jordan Zunic
AUS
-3
69
T47
Kevin Yuan
AUS
-3
69
T47
Kyle Michel
AUS
-3
69
T47
Lincoln Tighe
AUS
-3
69
T47
Martin Dive
AUS
-3
69
T47
Michael Sim
AUS
-3
69
T47
Peter Fowler
AUS
-3
69
T47
Peter Lonard
AUS
-3
69
T47
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-3
69
T47
Robbie Morrison
SCO
-3
69
T47
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
-3
69
T67
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-2
70
T67
Brett Rankin
AUS
-2
70
T67
Brett Rumford
AUS
-2
70
T67
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
-2
70
T67
Cory Crawford
AUS
-2
70
T67
Daniel Fox
AUS
-2
70
T67
David Bransdon
AUS
-2
70
T67
David Coupland
ENG
-2
70
T67
Denzel Ieremia
NZL
-2
70
T67
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-2
70
T67
James Marchesani
AUS
-2
70
T67
John Catlin
USA
-2
70
T67
Louis Dobbelar
AUS
-2
70
T67
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-2
70
T67
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-2
70
T67
Nick O’Hern
AUS
-2
70
T67
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-2
70
T67
Quinton Howe
AUS
-2
70
T67
Richard Green
AUS
-2
70
T67
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
70
T67
Steve Allan
AUS
-2
70
T67
Taylor Gill
NZL
-2
70
T67
Yu-Cheng Hsu
CHN
-2
70
T90
Charlie Dann
AUS
-1
71
T90
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
-1
71
T90
Darius van Driel
NED
-1
71
T90
Garrick Porteous
ENG
-1
71
T90
James Grierson
AUS
-1
71
T90
Jason Norris
AUS
-1
71
T90
Luke Toomey
NZL
-1
71
T90
Matt Jager
AUS
-1
71
T90
Tom Power-Horan
AUS
-1
71
T90
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
71
T100
Alex Simpson
AUS
Par
72
T100
Cameron John
AUS
Par
72
T100
Ching-Hung Su
CHN
Par
72
T100
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
72
T100
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
Par
72
T100
Dale Whitnell
ENG
Par
72
T100
Dale Williamson
AUS
Par
72
T100
Daniel Gale
AUS
Par
72
T100
Kade McBride
AUS
Par
72
T100
Matt Dowling
AUS
Par
72
T100
Matthew Jordan
ENG
Par
72
T100
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
72
T100
Max McCardle
AUS
Par
72
T100
Peter O’Malley
AUS
Par
72
T100
Robert Hogan
AUS
Par
72
T100
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
Par
72
T100
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
Par
72
T100
Yung-Hua Liu
CHN
Par
72
T118
Anthony Marchesani
AUS
1
73
T118
Blake Proverbs
AUS
1
73
T118
Callan O’Reilly
AUS
1
73
T118
Janne Kaske
FIN
1
73
T118
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
1
73
T118
Peter Cooke
RSA
1
73
T124
Campbell Rawson
NZL
2
74
T124
David Micheluzzi
AUS
2
74
T124
Hyun-Sik Kong
AUS
2
74
T124
Jay MacKenzie
AUS
2
74
T124
Josh Clarke
AUS
2
74
T124
Linus Yip
AUS
2
74
T124
Rick Kulacz
AUS
2
74
T124
Ryan Woodward
AUS
2
74
T132
Andrew Schonewille
AUS
3
75
T132
Anthony Quayle
AUS
3
75
T132
Harry Bateman
NZL
3
75
T132
Josh Geary
NZL
3
75
T132
Louis De Jager
RSA
3
75
T137
Aaron Pike
AUS
4
76
T137
John Lyras
AUS
4
76
T137
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
4
76
T140
Dylan Perry
AUS
5
77
T140
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
5
77
T140
Josh Armstrong
AUS
5
77
143
Lloyd Radcliffe
AUS
6
78
144
Luke Brown
NZL
10
82