Who's who in golf - Jose Maria Olazabal

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Name: - José María Olazábal Manterola
Country: - Spain
Born : - Feb 5, 1966 in Hondarribia (Fuenterrabía in Spanish), Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain.
Original Home/Club: - Real (Royal) GC de San Sebastian, Fuenterrabía.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf course designer
Turned Pro: - 1985
Sponsor / Attachment: - MacGregor

Roll of Honour

Majors (2). British Amateur Champion (1984). Ryder Cup player (1987, '89, '91, '93, '97, '99, 2006). Ryder Cup captain (2012). Total professional wins (31), of which European Tr (23) and US PGA Tr (6). European Tr Rookie of the Year (1986). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2009).

Golf course design

Olazábal has designed several golf courses, predominantly in Spain. The portfolio includes, but is not limited to: La Sella; Real (Royal) Sevilla; Barcelona (Masia Bach); Costa Ballena; Pula; Retamares; Mission Hills Olazabal course (China).

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Olazábal is a current European Tour player who has enjoyed much success over several years as a professional golfer. "Ollie" and his close friend Seve Ballesteros combined to form a highly successful pairing in many Ryder Cup foursome and fourball matches. In later Ryder Cups, Olazábal teamed-up with Sergio Garcia, which resulted in another successful all-Spanish pairing.

Top tournaments won by Jose Maria Olazabal

2005Men EuropeMallorca OpenPula GC270 (-10)€250,000
Played as the Mallorca Classic (Oct 20-23). Second-placed Sergio García (Esp), José Manuel Lara (Esp) and Paul Broadhurst (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Olazábal (Esp), who recorded his first European Tour win for 4 years. [Pula GC, Son Servera, Mallorca, Spain].
2002Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenTorrey Pines275 (-13)$648,000
Played as the Buick Invitational (Feb 7-10). Second-placed J.L. Lewis (USA) and Mark O'Meara (USA) finished 1 shot behind Olazábal (Esp), who recorded the last of his six PGA Tour wins. [Final round: South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA. Earlier rounds: North & South courses].
2001Men EuropeFrench OpenLyon GC268 (-12)€216,660
Played as the Novotel Perrier Open de France (May 3-6). Second-placed Paul Eales (Eng), Constantino Rocca (Italy) and Greg Turner (NZ) finished 2 shots behind Olazábal (Esp). [Sangliers course, Lyon GC, Villette d'Anthon, nr Lyon].
2001Men AsiaHong Kong OpenHong Kong GC262 (-22)US$113,000
Played as the Omega Hong Kong Open (Nov 29-Dec 2; Asian/Eurpn Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2002 season). Second-placed Henrik Bjørnstad (Nor) finished 1 shot behind Olazábal (Esp). [Championship Composite course, Hong Kong GC, Fanling].
2000Men EuropeB&H Intl. OpenBelfry, The275 (-13)€284,585
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (May 11-14). Second-placed Phillip Price (Wales) finished 3 shots behind Olazábal (Esp). [Brabazon course, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Birmingham].
1999Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National280 (-8)$720,000
The Masters Tournament (63rd) (April 8-11). Second-placed Davis Love III (USA) finished 2 shots behind Olazabal (Esp), who recorded the second of his two wins in The Masters. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1998Men EuropeDubai Desert ClassicEmirates GC269 (-19)£130,000
Played as the Dubai Desert Classic (Feb 26-Mar 1; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Steve Allan (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Olazábal (Esp). [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
1997Men EuropeTurespana MastersMaspalomas272 (-20)£61,964
Played as the Turespana Masters - Open de Canarias (March 20-23). Second-placed Lee Westwood (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Olazábal (Esp). [Maspalomas Golf, Gran Canaria, Spain].
1995Men EuropeNovotel Perrier OpenSaint Cloud256 (-24)£35,000
Played as the Tournoi Perrier de Paris (April 27-30; Eurpn Tr unofficial money event; two-man teams playing fourball, foursome and greensome formats). Second-placed team of Australia (Mike Clayton & Peter O'Malley) finished 3 shots behind Spain (Seve Ballesteros & José María Olazábal). [Vert course, Saint Cloud GC, Garches, nr Paris].
1994Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipWentworth Club271 (-17)£133,330
Played as the Volvo PGA Championship (May 27-30). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Olazábal (Esp), whose final round 65 secured his only win in the PGA Championship. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1994Men EuropeMediterranean OpenVillamartin276 (-12)£50,000
Played as the Turespana Open Mediterrania (March 3-6). Olazábal (Esp) beat Paul McGinley (Ire) with a 25-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole, to win this event for the second time in three years. [GC Villamartin, Orihuela Costa, Alicante, Spain].
1994Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National279 (-9)$360,000
The Masters Tournament (58th) (April 7-10). Second-placed Tom Lehman (USA) finished 2 shots behind Olazábal (Esp), who became the second Spaniard (after Seve Ballesteros) to wear the green jacket. This was the first of Olazábal's two Masters wins. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1994Men AmericaWorld Series of GolfFirestone CC269 (-11)$360,000
Played as the NEC World Series of Golf (Aug 25-28). Second-placed Scott Hoch (USA) finished 1 shot behind Olazábal (Esp). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1992Men EuropeCanaries OpenGolf del Sur268 (-20)£50,000
Played as the Turespana Open de Tenerife (Feb 20-23). Second-placed Miguel Ángel Martín finished 5 shots behind Olazábal (Esp). [Golf del Sur, nr Los Abrigos, Tenerife].
1992Men EuropeMediterranean OpenEl Bosque, Esp276 (-12)£66,600
Played as the Open Mediterrania (Feb 27-Mar 1). Second-placed José Rivero (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Olazábal (Esp). [El Bosque GC, Chiva, nr Valencia, Spain].
1991Men EuropeCatalan OpenBonmont GC271 (-17)£50,000
Played as the Open de Catalonia (March 14-17). Second-placed David Feherty (N.Ire) finished 6 shots behind Olazábal (Esp), who recorded his tenth European Tour win. [GC Bonmont, nr Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain].
1991Men EuropeGrand Prix of EuropeSt Pierre265 (-19)£75,000
Played as the Epson Grand Prix of Europe (Sept 19-22). Second-placed Mark James (Eng) finished 9 shots behind Olazábal (Esp). [Old course, St Pierre Hotel & CC, Chepstow, S Wales].
1991Men AmericaThe InternationalCastle Pines10 pts$198,000
Played as The International (Aug 15-18; modified stableford format). Second-placed Bob Lohr (USA), Ian Baker-Finch (Aus) and Scott Gump (USA) finished 3 points behind Olazábal (Esp). [Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock, nr Denver, Colorado].
1990Men EuropeB&H Intl. OpenSt Mellion279 (-9)£58,330
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (May 4-7). Second-placed Ian Woosnam (Wales) finished 1 shot behind Olazábal (Esp). [Nicklaus course, St Mellion Intl Resort, St Mellion, Cornwall].
1990Men EuropeIrish OpenPortmarnock282 (-6)£57,883
Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Second-placed Frank Nobilo (NZ) and Mark Calcavecchia (USA) finished 3 shots behind Olazábal (Esp). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1990Men JapanTaiheiyo MastersTaiheiyo Club (Gotemba)270 (-18)¥23million
Played as the VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 8-11; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) and Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) finished 5 shots behind defending champion Olazabal (Esp). [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].
1990Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche269£69,970
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Jose Maria Olazabal (Esp). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1990Men AmericaWorld Series of GolfFirestone CC262 (-18)$198,000
Played as the NEC World Series of Golf. Second-placed Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 12 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Olazábal (Esp). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1989Men EuropeCanaries OpenGolf del Sur275 (-13)£33,330
Played as the inaugural Tenerife Open (Feb 23-26; Eurpn Tr season opener). Second-placed José Maria Cañizares (Esp) and David Gilford (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Olazábal (Esp), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Golf del Sur, nr Los Abrigos, Tenerife].
1989Men EuropeDutch OpenKennemer277 (-11)£45,830
Played as the KLM Dutch Open (July 27-30). Olazábal (Esp) beat Ronan Rafferty (N.Ire) with a double-bogey 6 at the ninth playoff hole, versus Rafferty's triple-bogey 7. Roger Chapman (Eng) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. This was the longest "sudden-death" playoff in European Tour history at the time. [Kennemer G&CC, Zandvoort, Netherlands].
1989Men JapanTaiheiyo MastersTaiheiyo Club (Gotemba)203 (-13)¥16million
Played as the VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 9-12; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki (Jpn) and Isao Aoki (Jpn) finished 3 shots behind first-time Japan Tour winner Olazabal (Esp). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].
1988Men EuropeBelgian OpenBercuit GC269 (-15)£33,330
Played as the Volvo Belgian Open (June 16-19). Second-placed Mike Smith (USA) finished 4 shots behind Olazábal (Esp), who recorded his third European Tour win. [Bercuit GC, Grez-Doiceau, Walloon Brabant].
1988Men EuropeGerman MastersStuttgarter GC279 (-9)£47,770
Played as the German Masters (Sept 22-25). Second-placed Des Smyth (Ire) and Anders Forsbrand (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Olazábal (Esp). [Stuttgarter GC Solitude, Mönsheim, nr Stuttgart].
1986Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre262 (-26)£43,846
Played as the Ebel European Masters Swiss Open. Second-placed Anders Forsbrand (Swe) finished 3 shots behind Olazabal (Esp). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1986Men AwardsRookie of Yr - Eurpn Tr£136,775see Score
Olazabal (Esp) won the European Tour 1986 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Olazabal finished second on the Tour's Order of Merit, with earnings of £136,775.
1986Men EuropeSanyo OpenEl Prat273 (-15)£29,150
Played as the Sanyo Open (Oct 9-12). Second-placed Howard Clark (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Olazábal (Esp), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Real (Royal) GC El Prat, Terrassa, Barcelona].
1984Men AmateurBritish AmateurFormby5 & 4n/a
The Amateur Championship (89th). Olazabal (Esp) beat Colin Montgomerie (Scot) 5 and 4 in the final. [Formby GC, Formby, Merseyside].
1983Men AmateurBritish Amateur (Boys)Glenbervie6 & 5amateur
Played as the Boys Amateur Championship. Olazabal (Esp) beat Marc Pendaries (Fra) 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final match. [Glenbervie GC, nr Falkirk, Scotland].


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