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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Captained Europe to arguably the greatest Ryder Cup victory of all time as his men overcame a 10-6 deficit in the final day singles at Medinah Country Club to edge a thrilling contest 14½-13½. Dedicated the incredible win to his great friend and compatriot, the late Seve Ballesteros, with whom he enjoyed the most successful partnership in the history of the competition, winning 11, halving two and losing only two of their matches together. Was also Sir Nick Faldo’s vice-captain at The 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, and in 2010 he assisted in Europe’s victory at The Celtic Manor Resort, albeit in somewhat different circumstances. Having turned up to fulfil a sponsorship obligation, he was drafted in as Captain Colin Montgomerie’s fifth vice-captain on the second day, when the playing format changed, and his words of wisdom helped inspire the team to a 14½-13½ win. Became the second Spaniard to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame when he joined Ballesteros, who was inducted in 1999, in that illustrious group during a moving ceremony at St Augustine in Florida in November 2009. Has enjoyed success all over the world with two Masters Tournament victories, in 1994 and 1999, the latter when he completed one of the greatest triumphs over adversity after recovering from rheumatoid polyarthritis in three joints of his right foot and two in his left. In a career underpinned by courage and determination he has won 23 European Tour titles, four US PGA Tour titles and two in Japan. In his rookie season, he finished second on the Order of Merit and became the first Spaniard to receive the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in 1986. His impressive amateur career included defeating Colin Montgomerie to win the 1984 Amateur Championship at the age of 18. Outside the playing arena, he has moved into golf course design, with the Olazábal course at Mission Hills, China, and design projects in Seville and Pula which have hosted European Tour competitions.

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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), 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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