Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño

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I hope you will enjoy it. Here you will find updated information about me, the tournaments I’m playing and my upcoming schedule.

We have put in alot of hard work during the last two months and I’m very pleased with the outcome. I hope you like it as much as I do. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alejandro Rodriguez (TenGolf) y Javier Padilla (3dsignia) for making it possible.

I have always wanted to write a blog where I can tell you about my life on Tour and there’s no better time to do so than now. It’s my first full year on the PGA Tour, like been a rookie again when I first started in Europe in 2005, so I would like to share this experience with all of you. Lots of people keep asking me why am I playing full time this year in the US, especially being a Ryder Cup year, and the answer is simple: I have always dreamt of playing here and I don’t know if I will have this chance again, so why not?

It’s been just over two months since we moved to Miami and I have to say we are loving it. The family have settled in nicely and despite of my game, I’m having a great time here. I do miss Spain, my friends and family that stayed behind, but this is a new adventure and so far it’s going great. I would like to thank my family for being so understanding, supportive and for letting me chase my dream.

On the golf side, the season didn’t start quite the way I was expecting it to. Two missed weekends in a row at Torrey Pines and Phoenix, both far away from the cut line. Plus 21 in four rounds were hard to digest. My game was far from being good and my tee shots were killing me. There is no way you can play these American courses if you don’t hit fairways. It’s compulsory to be on the fairway if you want to attack those pins on those hard surfaces. I did the exact opposite.

During the following weeks we have been working hard on the range with my coaches, Mariano and Jose Carlos trying to find what is wrong on my swing. On the equipment side, we are working on a new driver with some more loft so I can hit it higher and with some more spin. Thanks to the staff from Cleveland and Srixon we are quickly getting there. 

The week of Phoenix I started working with Dave Stockton, two time major winner and now one of the most renowned putting coaches in the world. The simplicity of his method and his routines makes me really excited about this new addition to the team.

LA Open was a confidence booster for me. Only a T35 on paper but for me it was much more than that: there was light at the end of the tunnel. I really enjoyed playing (finally four rounds!) at Riviera for the first time, so much history on that golf course, that I’m already looking forward to going back next year.

Unfortunately last week in Arizona wasn’t great. Lost to Hunter Mahan on the first round after a very disappointing day of golf. Started the day hitting the ball lovely and controlling the match, giving myself birdie chances in pretty much every hole before the turn. The turning point of the match was the three putt I had on seven where I had an eight footer to win the hole and ended up losing it. After that a couple of errant tee shots to the desert and a few missed crucial putts cost me the match to one of the best match play players of the decade.

The good thing is that it’s Thursday and I’m already at home writing this blog. Next for me will be the Honda Classic at Palm Beach and the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral, my new home event. Stay tuned!

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