Jose Maria Olazabal

Profile: Jose Maria Olazábal

Country: Spain
Born: 5.2.66
Birthplace: Fuenterrabia, Spain
Residence: Fuenterrabia
European Tour International Schedule Victories: Total 23
Other Tournament Victories: 7
Major Championships: 2
Turned Professional: 1985
Teams: Ryder Cup 1987 (winners), 89, 91, 93, 97 (winners), 99, 06 (winners); Alfred Dunhill Cup 1986, 87, 88, 89, 92, 93, 98, 99 (winners), 00 (winners); World Cup 1989, 00; Seve Trophy 2000 (winners), 02, 03, 05 (Captain); 4 Tours World Championship 1987, 89

RYDER CUP EXPERIENCE

Years played: 1987, 89, 91, 93, 97, 99, 06
Overall record: Played 31, Won 18, Lost 8, Halved 5: Points 20½
Singles: Played 7, Won 2, Lost 4, Halved 1
Foursomes: Played 10, Won 7, Lost 2, Halved 1
Fourballs: Played 14, Won 9, Lost 2, Halved 3

1987: Muirfield Village; Europe 15 USA 13
Day 1 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros (1 hole) beat Nelson/Stewart
Day 1 Fourballs: Olazábal/Ballesteros (2 and 1) beat Strange/Kite
Day 2 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros (1 hole) beat Crenshaw/Stewart
Day 2 Fourballs: Olazábal/Ballesteros lost to Sutton/Mize (2 and 1)
Singles: Olazábal lost to Stewart (2 holes)

1989: The Belfry; Europe 14 USA 14
Day 1 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros halved withWatson/Beck
Day 1 Fourballs: Olazábal/Ballesteros (6 and 5) beat Watson/O'Meara
Day 2 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros (1 hole) beat Kite/Strange
Day 2 Fourballs: Olazábal/Ballesteros (4 and 2) beat Calcavecchia/Green
Singles: Olazábal (1 hole) beat Stewart

1991: Kiawah Island; Europe 13½ USA 14½
Day 1 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros (2 and 1) beat Azinger/Beck
Day 2 Fourballs: Olazábal/Ballesteros (2 and 1) beat Azinger/Beck
Day 2 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros (3 and 2) beat Couples/Floyd
Day 2 Fourballs: Olazábal/Ballesteros halved with Couples/Stewart
Singles: Olazábal lost to Azinger (2 holes)

1993: The Belfry; Europe 13 USA 15
Day 1 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros lost to Kite/Love III (2 and 1)
Day 1 Fourballs: Olazábal/Ballesteros (4 and 3) beat Love III/Kite
Day 2 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros (2 and 1) beat Love III/Kite
Day 2 Fourballs: Olazábal/Haeggman lost to Floyd/Stewart (2 and 1)
Singles: Olazábal lost to Floyd (2 holes)

1997: Club de Golfe Valderrama; Europe 14½ USA 13½
Day 1 Fourballs: Olazábal/Rocca (1 hole) beat Love III/Mickelson
Day 1 Foursomes: Olazábal/Rocca lost to Hoch/Janzen (1 hole)
Day 2 Fourballs: Olazábal/Garrido halved with Mickelson/Lehman
Day 2 Foursomes: Olazábal/Rocca (5 and 4) beat Couples/Love III
Singles: Olazábal lost to Janzen (1 hole)

1999: The Country Club; Europe 13½ USA 14½
Day 1 Fourballs: Olazábal/Jiménez (2 and 1) beat Sutton/Maggert
Day 2 Fourballs: Olazábal/Jiménez halved with Leonard/Sutton
Singles: Olazábal halved with Leonard

2006: The K Club; Europe 18½ USA 9½
Day 1 Fourballs: Garcia/Olazábal (3 and 2) beat Toms/Wetterich
Day 2 Fourballs: Garcia/Olazábal (3 and 2) beat Mickelson/DiMarco
Singles: Olazábal (2 and 1) beat Mickelson

Success in The Ryder Cup has been at the core of his career thanks largely to his hugely influential partnership with fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros. The charismatic duo were at the heart of Europe's success in the 1980s and 1990s to the extent they remain the most successful partnership in the history of the biennial contest; winning 11 and halving two of their matches in tandem and only tasting defeat twice in 15 appearances together. Has played in seven Ryder Cups in total including under Ballesteros' captaincy at Valderrama in 1997. Sixth appearance came at Brookline in 1999 but had to wait for seven years to make his seventh, at The K Club in Ireland, where he was part of Europe's 18½ - 9½ victory which exactly equalled their winning margin of two years earlier at Oakland Hills. The 2006 contest in Ireland saw Olazábal take the role of the experienced campaigner in another all Spanish partnership as he combined with Sergio Garcia to win both their fourball outings together before he completed a fine week with a 2 and 1 victory over Phil Mickelson in the singles. In his own career, both major highlights have come at Augusta National where he claimed Masters Tournament glory and the Green Jacket in both 1994 and 1999.