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Gonzalo Fernandez-Castro not confident of repeat success

Punters should avoid backing Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano for a second successive triumph in this week's Andalucia Open, according to the Spaniard.

"Every time I have won a tournament, the following week I have played terribly so I would keep your money in your pocket," he joked on Sunday after adding the Italian Open title to his wins at the 2005 Dutch Open and the 2006 Asian Open.

Fernandez-Castano, 26, beat Austrian Markus Brier at the second playoff hole at Castello di Tolscinasco to register a perfectly-timed victory.

"It is a tremendous boost going into what will be a big week for myself and my family both on and off the course," the Spaniard told reporters.

"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 and fellow countryman Miguel Angel Jimenez will be heavily involved in the promotion and organisation of the Andalucia Open through their respective golf companies.

The Aloha Golf Club which hosts the inaugural event is also close to his heart.

"My relationship with Aloha is a very special one, I started playing there on the par-threes at the age of seven," said Fernandez-Castano.

Fernandez-Castano said accuracy would be important on the 6,881-yard, par-72 course.

"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," he said.

The Andalucia Open, which carries a prize fund of one million euros ($1.36 million), starts on Thursday.


May 8, 2007

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