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Tuesday, 01 May 2012
Ryder Cup Captains  Davis Love III  and Jose Maria Olazabal at the White Sox game  (Getty Images)
Ryder Cup Captains Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal at the White Sox game (Getty Images)

As another thrilling Ryder Cup year gains momentum, today sees the fourth instalment in a series of 20 quick-fire questions in which José María Olazábal and Davis Love III will reveal some clues as to the men behind the masks.

With little more than two months now remaining until show time in Chicago and The 2012 Ryder Cup, the race to make the European Team, under the stewardship of Captain José María Olazábal, is continuing apace.

European Captain Olazábal will face up to his opposite number, his great friend, long-time competitor and 2012 Team USA Captain Davis Love III, on Friday September 28, 2012, knowing that for three days an enduring friendship must be put aside as their respective Teams battle it out for the right to hoist the illustrious Samuel Ryder Trophy come Sunday evening.

And as The European Tour this week journeys to Scotland for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, with The Open Championship set to take centre stage at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s next week, we are set for a thrilling few months in the lead up to Medinah, Illinois come autumn time. Rory McIlroy currently heads the European Points List with 2,620,352 points in a team that currently comprises – as it stands – seven of the team that triumphed so dramatically at The Celtic Manor Resort in The 2010 Ryder Cup.

As well as McIlroy, there are six more veterans of the 2010 campaign currently in the automatic qualification spots, as Graeme McDowell – who holed the winning putt on the 17th green at Celtic Manor – Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Peter Hanson and Francesco Molinari hold automatic places at present. 

Justin Rose, who played in The 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla, is currently riding high in second place on the European Points List, followed closely behind by rejuvenated Scot Paul Lawrie. Five-time Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia has had a welcome return to form over the last nine months and as it stands the Spaniard would be the fourth man to qualify through the World Points List.

Today sees the fourth instalment in a series of “Questions with The 2012 Ryder Cup Captains” in which the two leaders that will marshal the aforementioned troops are fielding 20 quick-fire questions to divulge their similarities and differences and reveal some clues as to the men behind the masks.

Questions with The 2012 Ryder Cup Captains: Part Four – July 9, 2012

José María Olazábal

13)   My favourite food is...I love food! I eat fish and meat. I enjoy sushi. Our travelling lifestyle forces you to learn to eat everything!

14)   If I was on a deserted island, I'd want.........good company

15)   One celebrity I'd like to have lunch with is...Nelson Mandela. His history. His life. It's just amazing. To forgive the way he has and to achieve all he has - he is someone to admire and respect.

16)   Wine or beer? Wine

Davis Love III

13)  My favorite food is…BBQ

14)  If I were on a desert island, I’d want…a fly rod

15)  One celebrity I’d like to have lunch with is…Kelly Slater

16)  Wine or Beer? Unsweet Tea

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Previous quick-fire Captains' Questions

Questions with The 2012 Ryder Cup Captains: Part One – December 19, 2011

José María Olazábal

1)      Where do you like to spend your holidays? At home or in the hills hunting with my father

2)      Hot chocolate or egg nog? Hot chocolate

3)      Favourite family holiday? On September 8 - a Regional Holiday, Día de Asturias - the whole family gets together  for the whole day to celebrate, just eating, drinking and talking. The only exercise  that day is for the jaw!

4)      Sleigh ride or skiing? Neither! I will let others try those things.

Davis Love III

1)    Where do you like to spend the holidays? Ketchum, ID

2)    Hot chocolate or egg nog? HChoc

3)    Favourite family holiday tradition? My mom’s needlepoint Christmas stockings

4)    Sleigh rides or skiing? Snowboarding!

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Questions with The 2012 Ryder Cup Captains: Part Two – February 28, 2012

José María Olazábal

5) The mountains or the shoreline? The mountains

6) I always...enjoy a nice meal with friends

7) I never...hurt anyone on purpose

8) When I am not playing golf, I am...either laying on the couch watching sports or going to the cinema

Davis Love III

5)   The Mountains or the Shoreline? Mountains

6)   I always…am undecided

7)   I never…quit

8)   When I am not playing golf, I am…boring

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Questions with The 2012 Ryder Cup Captains: Part Three – May 1, 2012

José María Olazábal

9) Chocolate cake or potato chips? Chocolate cake

10) I read…magazines on science

11) I watch…all sports, but also documentaries about nature

12) On my iPod I listen to…pop music, traditional Spanish groups and bands like U2 and Police and singers such as Joe Cocker

Davis Love III

9) Chocolate Cake or Potato Chips? Chips

10) I read…non fiction

11) I watch…racing

12) On my iPod, I listen to…alternative, Christian, country

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