Olazábal Joins Woosnam in Ryder Cup History Books
José Maria Olazábal?s Saturday morning Fourball victory alongside Sergio Garcia ensured that the 40 year old Spaniard joined his Captain Ian Woosnam as the leading Fourball points scorer in the 79 year history of the Ryder Cup
Michael Gibbons, Press Officer
23 September 2006
José Maria Olazábals second Fourball victory of The 2006 Ryder Cup helped the Spaniard write himself into the record books of this magnificent competition as he joined his Captain, Ian Woosnam, as the leading Fourball point scorer in the 79 year history of the event.
By partnering his fellow countryman Sergio Garcia to a 3 & 2 victory over Chris DiMarco and Phil Mickelson, Olazábal took his career Fourball points tally to 10½ from seven Ryder Cup appearances.
The 40 year old began his Ryder Cup career as Seve Ballesteross young apprentice and went on to form won of the most potent partnerships with Spains greatest ever player, winning 12 out of the 15 matches in which he partnered his mentor.
Olazábal now finds himself as the elder statesman in Woosnams dynamic Spanish duo and it is impossible to resist the comparison between the Seve / Olazábal partnership and that of Olazábal / Garcia.
There is so much of the young Olazábal in Garcia. Their passion and enthusiasm is contagious, and watching Garcia shout, skip and dance after almost every shot he plays in The Ryder Cup evokes memories 1987 when the 21 year old Olazábal danced his way round the 18th green at Muirfield Village, when Europe won The Ryder Cup for the first time on American soil.
Olazábal summed up Garcias value to Europes Ryder Cup Team beautifully, commenting: Sergio has a young spirit, he's full of energy. He loves this event, because of the whole atmosphere, the crowds, the Team event.
It's always nice to have guys like Sergio and Luke Donald and Paul Casey in the Team, and maybe Sergio, coming from the south of Europe, expresses it more. In that sense he might be just a little bit different and special.
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