ose Maria Olazabal

Jose Maria Olazabal

Jose Maria Olazabal was a hugely popular player when he was in his pomp on the tour and he is likely to prove a very popular European Ryder Cup captain. As a player, Olazabal won no fewer than 31 tournaments, including two majors. The Spaniard won the US Masters twice, in 1994 and 1999, and there is no doubt that he is one of the great golfers to come from Europe.

Olazabal has a wealth of experience behind him and his record in Ryder Cup bares comparison with any of his contemporaries. Olazabal formed a formidable partnership with fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros in the Ryder Cup format and he went on to enjoy great success with another of his countryman - Sergio Garcia.

His Ryder Cup record is quite brilliant as he continually produced the goods in each of his seven Ryder Cup appearances. He has an excellent record in foursomes and fourballs, winning a total of 20.5 points.

Ryder Cup Highest Points Scorer Odds

Ryder Cup Wild Cards

Olazabal picked Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts as his two wildcard picks following the Johnnie Walker Championship at the end of August. Colsaerts could have secured an automatic place with victory in the Johnnie Walker but fell just short, although Olazabal soon broke the good news to the Belgian as his fine 2012 form saw him earn a wildcard pick. Ian Poulter was the other pick and he is a player that thrives in the environment of the Ryder Cup and his experience gave him the nod over the in-form David Lynn and the experienced Padraig Harrington, who couldn't quite rediscover his old touch to gain automatic selection.

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Ryder Cup Playing Record

Apps Singles 4Somes 4Balls Total Points
7 W2- L4- H1 W7 - L2 - H1 W9 - L2- H3 20.5