Team Europe Profile: José María Olazábal -- Captain


José María Olazábal -- Captain

CAPTAIN INFORMATION
Age: 46
Hometown: Fuenterrabia, Spain
Birthplace: Fuenterrabia, Spain
Birthdate: February 5, 1966
Turned Professional: 1985

 

RYDER CUP EXPERIENCE
Years Played: 1987 (winners), 89, 91, 93, 97 (winners), 99, 06 (winners), 08 (Vice Captain), 10 (Vice Captain), 12 (Captain)
Total Matches: 31
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 18-8-5
Singles (W-L-H): 2-4-1
Foursomes (W-L-H): 7-2-1
Fourballs (W-L-H): 9-2-3
Total Points Won: 20 1/2
Total Points Won Point %: 66

 

RYDER CUP RESULTS
1987: Muirfield Village
USA 13 Europe 15
Day 1 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros beat Nelson/Stewart (1 hole)
Day 1 Fourballs:  Olazábal/Ballesteros beat Strange/Kite (2 and 1)
Day 2 Foursomes:  Olazábal/Ballesteros beat Crenshaw/Stewart (1 hole)
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 with Watson/Beck
Day 1 Fourballs: Olazábal/Ballesteros beat Watson/O’Meara (6 and 5)
Day 2 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros beat Kite/Strange (1 hole)
Day 2 Fourballs: Olazábal/Ballesteros beat Calcavecchia/Green (4 and 2)
Singles: Olazábal beat Stewart (1 hole)
 
1991: Kiawah Island
USA 14½ Europe 13½
Day 1 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros beat Azinger/Beck (2 and 1)
Day 2 Fourballs: Olazábal/Ballesteros beat Azinger/Beck (2 and 1)
Day 2 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros beat Couples/Floyd (3 and 2)
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 beat Love III/Kite (4 and 3)
Day 2 Foursomes: Olazábal/Ballesteros beat Love III/Kite (2 and 1)
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 beat Love III/Mickelson (1 hole)
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 beat Couples/Love III (5 and 4)
Singles: Olazábal lost to Janzen (1 hole)
 
1999: The Country Club
USA 14½ Europe 13½
Day 1 Fourballs: Olazábal/Jiménez beat Sutton/Maggert (2 and 1)
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  beat Toms/Wetterich (3 and 2)
Day 2 Fourballs: Garcia/Olazábal  beat Mickelson/DiMarco (3 and 2)
Singles: Olazábal beat Mickelson (2 and 1)

 

CAPTAIN NOTES

*Shares with Ian Woosnam the record for most fourball points with 10½.

Partnership alongside Seve Ballesteros.

*Formed the most successful partnership in Ryder Cup history.

*Their record reads: Played 15, Won 11, Lost 2, Halved 2, Points 12.

*The partnership played in 15consecutive  foursome and fourball matches, beginning with the day one foursomes of  1987 and ending with the day two foursomes in 1993.

*In 1987 they won three out of four matches together. In both the 1989 and 1991 Matches  the duo also claimed three and a half points  out of a possible four. Their partnership ended in 1993 with two points from their three games.

 

 

CAREER VICTORIES
EUROPEAN TOUR INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE VICTORIES: Total 23
1986 Ebel European Masters – Swiss Open, Sanyo Open
1988 Volvo Belgian Open, German Masters
1989 Tenerife Open, KLM Dutch Open (play-off)
1990 Benson and Hedges International Open, Carrolls Irish Open,
 Trophée Lancôme
1991 Open Catalonia, Epson Grand Prix of Europe
1992 Turespaña Open de Tenerife, Open Mediterrania
1994 Turespaña Open Mediterrania (play-off), Masters Tournament,
 Volvo PGA Championship
1997 Turespaña Masters
1998 Dubai Desert Classic
1999 Masters Tournament
2000 Benson and Hedges International Open
2001 Novotel Perrier Open de France
2002 Omega Hong Kong Open
2005 Mallorca Classic

EUROPEAN TOUR APPROVED SPECIAL EVENTS VICTORIES: Total 1
1995 Tournoi Perrier de Paris (with Seve Ballesteros)
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT VICTORIES: Total 6
1989 Visa Taiheiyo Masters (JPN)
1990 NEC World Series of Golf (USA), Visa Taiheiyo Masters (JPN)
1991 The International (USA)
1994 NEC World Series of Golf (USA)
2002 Buick Invitational (USA)
OTHER PROFESSIONAL MATCH PLAY PERFORMANCES
Seve Trophy 2000 (winners), 02, 03, 05 (Captain)
Royal Trophy 2009 (Captain)