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Jose Maria Olazabal

  • Birthplace: Fuenterrabia, Spain
  • Residence: Fuenterrabia, Spain
  • Birthdate: February 5, 1966
  • Age: 41 Ht.:
  • Turned Pro: 1985
  • Eligibility Code: 11

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Player Notes

Olazabal started playing golf at age six; his mother would take him out on the Real Golf Club de San Sebastian late in the afternoon when the course was deserted. Both his parents worked at the golf club (his father was the greenskeeper). He had an outstanding amateur career, winning the 1983 Italian, Spanish and British Boy?s Amateur Championships and then winning the 1984 British, Belgian and Spanish Amateur Championships. . .He turned professional in 1985 and on his first season on the European Tour won twice (Swiss Open and Sanyo Open) and finished second on the Order of Merit. He did not do nearly as well in 1987 finishing 17th on the Order of Merit, despite five top five finishes. He found his form in 1988 and finished third, second, third, seventh, six, eighteen and fourth on the Order of Merit until 1995. . .In 1995, he began an 18-month absence from competitive golf because of a painful foot condition that was initially misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis. When a doctor in Germany started therapy on his back in 1996 the foot problem was alleviated, returning to the European Tour at the 1997 Dubai Classic. He then won the 1997 Turespana Masters-Open de Canarias in just his third tournament back. His comeback was complete when he won the 1999 Masters. . .Member of the 1987, ?89, ?91, ?93, ?97 ?99 and 2006 Ryder Cup Team.

Career Victories

European Tour
23 - 1986 Ebel European Masters, Swiss Open, Sanyo Open, 1988 Volvo Belgian Open, German Masters, 1989 Tenerife Open, KLM Dutch Open, 1990 Benson & Hedges International, Irish Open, Lancome Trophy, 1991 Open Catalonia, Epson Grand Prix, 1992 Turespana Masters, Turespana Open de Tenerife, 1994 Masters, Turespana Open Mediterrania, Volvo PGA Championship, 1997 Turespana Masters-Open De Canarias, 1998 Dubai Desert Classic, 1999 Masters, 2000 Benson & Hedges International, 2001 Novotel Perrier Open De France, 2002 Omega Hong Kong Open, 2005 Mallorca Classic.

PGA Tour
6 - 1990 World Series of Golf, 1991 International, 1994 Masters, World Series of Golf, 1999 Masters, 2002 Buick Invitational

Other
2-2

Career Summary

1990 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 13; scoring average - 69.83 (Ranked 5th); money - $608,672 or GBP 434,766 (ranked 3rd).

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 70.65; money - $337,837 (ranked 38th).

1991 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.81 rank 10th; money - $423,178 or GBP 302,270 (ranked 7th).

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $382,124 (ranked 43rd) . . . Won the International.

1992 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average - 70.18 rank 5th; money - $539,878 or GBP 385,627 (ranked 6th).

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $63,429 (ranked 161st); best finish, T9th Players Championship.

1993 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 71.01 (ranked 9th); money - $349,290 or GBP 249,493 (ranked 18th); best finish, 2nd Irish Open and T2nd Benson & Hedges.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $60,160 (ranked 174th); best finish, T7th Masters.

1994 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average - 69.80 (ranked 5th); money - $722,551 or GBP 516,108 (ranked 4th); Winner, Turespana Open Mediterrania and Volvo PGA Championship.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 25; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.32 (ranked 28th); money - $612,847 (ranked 24th); best finish, T3rd, Memorial Tournament.

1995 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.43; money - $76,233 or GBP 54,452; best finish, T10th, Benson & Hedges International Open.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $33,080 (ranked 223rd); best finish, T20th, British Open. Did not play in 1996 due to foot injury

1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.25 (ranked 5th); money - $628,786 GBP 449,133 (ranked 7th); Winner, Dubai Desert Classic.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $208,486 (ranked 133rd); best finish, T24th at the British Open.

1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.75 (ranked 57th); money - $338,358 or GBP 241,684 (ranked 32nd); best finish -T5th, Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 13; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 8; money - $865,167 (ranked 46th); Winner, Masters.

2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 71.00 (ranked 18th); money - $1,174,564 or GBP 698,543 (ranked 9th); Winner, Benson & Hedges International.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 12; rounds played - 31 ; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $552,221 (ranked 92nd-unofficial); best finish -T4th at the PGA Championship.

2000 Stats
scoring average - 70.79 / (n/a); driving distance - 260.1 / (n/a); driving accuracy -58.5% / (n/a); GIR - 61.5% / (n/a); putting - 1.789 / (n/a); birdie average - 3.10 per rd / (n/a) / total birdies - 96; sand saves - 69.9% / (n/a); scrambling - 60.4% / (n/a); all-around rank - / (n/a).

2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 70.62 (ranked T25th); money - $578,595 or GBP 359,747 (ranked 35th); Winner, Novotel Perrier Open de France.

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; rounds played - 47 ; in money -10; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $458,677 (ranked 110th); best finish -T-12th at The Players Championship.

2002 Notes
Seven Top-10 s in his first nine starts, after the Masters in April his best finish -was T27th at the WGC-American Express Championship.

2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.43 (ranked T60th); money - $1,066,083 or GBP 679,748 (ranked 13th); Winner, Omega Hong Kong Open.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; rounds played - 64 ; in money -16; Top-10 finishes - 7 money $1,987,027 (ranked 24th); Winner, at the Buick Invitational;

2002 Stats
scoring average - 70.55 / (32nd); driving distance - 270.6 / (181st); driving accuracy -57.8% / (198th); GIR - 60.9% / (191st); putting - 1.760 / (63rd); birdie average - 3.47 per rd / (128th) / total birdies - 222; sand saves - 64.9% / (1st); all-around rank - 973 / (149th).

2003 Notes
Only his third season as a full-time PGA Tour member.

2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.02 (ranked 26th); money - $467,711 or GBP 326,092 (ranked 52nd); best finish, 2nd Turespana Mallorca Classic.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; rounds played - 42; in money - 9; Top-10 finishes - ; money - $479,155; (ranked 132nd); best finish - T-8th at the Masters.

2003 Stats
scoring average - 71.88 / (na); driving distance - 269.4 / (na); driving accuracy - 56.6% / (na); GIR - 60.4% / (na); putting - 1.794 / (na); birdie average - 3.00 per rd / (na) / total birdies - 126; sand saves - 49.2% / (na); all-around; rank - / (na).

2004 Notes
Shared the 18-hole lead with Roger Tambellini at the BellSouth Classic, opening with a 7-under-par 65. Finished T45th.

2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.30 (ranked 44th); money - $262,533 or GBP 181,562 (ranked 81st); best finish, 10th Mallorca Classic and T10th Omega Hong Kong Open.

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; rounds played - 52; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $495,050; (ranked 142nd); best finish - T-9th at the 84 Lumber Classic

2004 Stats
scoring average - 71.38 / (123rd); driving distance - 277.7 / (175th); driving accuracy - 57.0% / (178th); GIR - 62.5% / (162nd); putting - 1.745 / (13th); birdie average - 3.33 per rd / (144th) / total birdies - 173; sand saves - 51.2% / (68th); all-around; rank - 901 / (134th)

2005 Notes
Lost a playoff at the BellSouth Classic.

2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.04 (ranked 7th); money - $1,489,016 or GBP 1,006,425 (ranked 10th); Winner, Mallorca Classic.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; rounds played - 53; in money - 141; Top-10 finishes - 6; money - $1,764,227; (ranked 41st); best finish - T-2nd at the BellSouth Classic

2005 Stats
scoring average - 70.11 / (15th); driving distance - 288.2 / (103rd); driving accuracy - 59.1% / (158th); GIR - 65.4% / (87th); putting - 1.752 / (25th); birdie average - 3.60 per rd / (68th) / total birdies - 191; sand saves - 56.6% / (18th); all-around; rank - 608 / (42nd).

2006 Notes
Surpassed $2 million for the first time in his career on PGA Tour, but did not qualify for The Tour Championship as he fell from No. 26 to No. 31 after the last full-field event of 2006, the Chrysler Championship.

2006 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.10 (ranked 37th); money - $840,006 or GBP 562,7245 (ranked 28th); best finish - T3rd Masters, T7th Volvo Masters.

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; rounds played - 58; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 4; money - $2,120,422; (ranked 31st); best finish - T-2 at the Buick Invitational and BellSouth Classic

2006 Stats
scoring average - 70.18 / (15th); driving distance - 287.2 / (108th); driving accuracy - 59.6% / (149th); GIR - 65.5% / (91st); putting - 1.770 / (69th); birdie average - 3.41 per rd / (126th) / total birdies - 198; sand saves - 54.4% / (36th); all-around; rank - 610 / (46th)

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