Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano has warned that even local knowledge might not be enough to help him claim back-to-back European Tour titles.
Fernandez-Castano beat Austrian Markus Brier at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off to win the Telecom Italia Open on Sunday.
But the 26-year-old had words of caution for anyone thinking of backing him to win again on home soil in this week’s Valle Romano Open de Andalucia.
“Every time I have won a tournament, the following week I have played terribly so I would keep your money in your pocket,” joked Fernandez-Castano, who added the Italian title to that of the 2005 KLM Open and the 2006 BMW Asian Open.
“Seriously though, it is a tremendous boost for me going into what will be a big week for myself and my family both on and off the course.
“I have been working hard on my swing with my coaches over the winter and in recent months and I am delighted it has all come to fruition.”
Fernandez-Castano’s win could not have come at a better time because, together with compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez, he is heavily involved in the promotion and organisation of the event at Aloha Golf Club.
Fernandez-Castano’s company – GFC Golf and Business – along with Jimenez’s company – Golf Accion – have helped bring the inaugural staging of the tournament to Andalucia and he is naturally keen for the event to be a success.
“My relationship with Aloha is a very special one, I started playing there on the par threes at the age of seven,” he added.
“Summer after summer I have been playing Aloha and they have always treated me very well. It is a beautiful place and I hope everyone enjoys their time there and the tournament itself.
“As for the golf course, we know it is not one of the longest on tour but the fairways will be narrow and the rough quite demanding so you will have to be accurate if you are going to succeed.
“There are also water hazards encroaching on several holes so players will have to be patient too as scoring might not be that easy especially if the wind gets up.”