ResidenceFuenterrabia, Spain
Date of Birth:05/02/1966
Place of BirthFuenterrabia, Spain
Height & Weight5' 11 12st 4lbs (178cm 78kg)
InterestsPop music, cinema, hunting, wildlife, ecology
Turned Pro1985 (plus 4)
Qualifying School1985* (winner)

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  • Jose Maria Olazabal en route to winning the PGA Championship at Wentworth in 1994


One of Spanish and European golf’s most revered and decorated players, can count two Green Jackets among his 23 European Tour titles. Masterminded the legendary Miracle of Medinah when Europe, with Olazábal as captain, staged the greatest comeback in the history of the event to win The 2012 Ryder Cup. Had previously served as vice-captain on three occasions, having featured as a player in seven of the contests. His famous partnership with compatriot Seve Ballesteros is still the most successful in history, having claimed 12 points from 15 matches together. Holds the world record distance for a completed putt. During the 1999 European Ryder Cup team's Concorde flight to the United States, he holed a putt which travelled the full length of the cabin. The ball was in motion for 26.17s, during which time Concorde, at 1,270 mph, travelled 9.232 miles. Served notice of his talent when defeating Colin Montgomerie to win the 1984 Amateur Championship, turning professional two years later and finishing second on the Order of Merit in his rookie season, becoming the first Spaniard to receive the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award.

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European Tour Wins23
Wins this season0
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Biggest European Tour Prize:: € 352,758 (2005)


Professional Ryder Cup 1987 (winners), 89, 91, 93, 97 (winners), 99, 06 (winners), 08 (vice captain), 10 (vice captain) (winners), 12 (Captain) (winners), 14 (vice 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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