ResidenceFuenterrabia, Spain
Date of Birth:05/02/1966
Place of BirthFuenterrabia, Spain
Height & Weight5ft 11in 12st 4lbs (178cm 78kgs)
InterestsPop music, cinema, hunting, wildlife, ecology
Turned Pro1985 (plus 4)
Qualifying School1985* (winner)

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Grew up in a small town in northern Spain, defeated Colin Montgomerie to win the 1984 Amateur Championship aged 18 before shining in his rookie professional season two years later, finishing second on the Order of Merit and becoming the first Spaniard to receive the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. In a glittering career, has twice won the Masters Tournament, in 1994 and 1999, en route to a total of 23 European Tour titles. Three times a Ryder Cup vice captain, in 2012 captained Europe to arguably the greatest comeback of all time on the final day at Medinah, a victory he dedicated to his great friend Seve Ballesteros, with whom he enjoyed the most successful partnership in the event’s history. Became the second Spaniard inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. Has also moved into golf course design, including the Olazábal course at Mission Hills, China.

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European Tour Wins23
Wins this season0
Current Rankings
Race To Dubai284
Biggest European Tour Prize:: € 352,758 (2005)


Professional Ryder Cup 1987 (winners), 89, 91, 93, 97 (winners), 99, 06 (winners), 12 (Captain) (winners) Alfred Dunhill Cup 1986, 87, 88, 89, 92, 93, 98, 99 (winners), 2000 (winners) World Cup 1989, 2000 Four Tours World Championship 1987, 89 Seve Trophy 2000 (winners), 02, 03, 05 (Captain), 13 (Captain) (winners) Royal Trophy 2009, 12 (Captain), 13 (Captain) (winners) Amateur Eisenhower Trophy 1982, 84 St Andrews Trophy 1984 Jacques Léglise Trophy 1981, 82, 83 Boys, Youths, Seniors 1981-85

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