Jose Maria Olazabal


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Updated: Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 04:13 PM
  • Birthplace: Fuenterrabia, Spain
  • Residence: Fuenterrabia, Spain
  • Age: 45
  • Turned Pro: 1985

PGA TOUR Victories

(6) 1990,NEC World Series of Golf. 1991,The International. 1994,Masters Tournament, NEC World Series of Golf. 1999,Masters Tournament. 2002,Buick Invitational.

International Victories

(23): 1986 Ebel European Masters, Swiss Open, Sanyo Open. 1988 Volvo Belgian Open, German Masters. 1989 Tenerife Open, KLM Dutch Open, Visa Taiheiyo Masters. 1990 Benson & Hedges International Open, Carroll's Irish Open, Lancome Trophy, Visa Taiheiyo Masters. 1991 Open Catalonia, Epson Grand Prix of Europe. 1992 Turespana Open de Tenerife, Open Mediterrania. 1994 Turespana Open Mediterrania, Volvo PGA Championship. 1997 Turespana Masters Open de Canarias. 1998 Dubai Desert Classic. 2000 Benson and Hedges International Open. 2001 French Open. 2005 Mallorca Classic [Eur].

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- NEC World Series of Golf, The International, Masters Tournament, NEC World Series of Golf, Masters Tournament, Buick Invitational.

2009 Season Highlights

Still affected by rheumatism, made four TOUR starts on the PGA TOUR, making the cut in three with one top-10. Making just his second start of the year, posted a T6 at the Verizon Heritage for his first top-10 finish since the 2007 season...Was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in November...Will continue to play on a Major Medical Extension in 2010. Coupled with 2008 and 2009 earnings of $299,829, has 20 events to earn $552,923.

Career Highlights

2009: Still affected by rheumatism, made four TOUR starts on the PGA TOUR, making the cut in three with one top-10. Making just his second start of the year, posted a T6 at the Verizon Heritage for his first top-10 finish since the 2007 season...Was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in November...Will continue to play on a Major Medical Extension in 2010. Coupled with 2008 and 2009 earnings of $299,829, has 20 events to earn $552,923. 2008: Played in four events, making two cuts with no top-25 finishes for the first time since 1988. 2007: Played in 16 events with four top-25 finishes, including a T3 at THE PLAYERS. 2006: Surpassed $2 million for the first time in his TOUR career but did not qualify for THE TOUR Championship as he fell from No. 26 to No. 31 after the last full-field event, the Chrysler Championship. Concentrated on European Tour after the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship...The 2002 Buick Invitational champion missed out on a chance to become the eighth multiple winner of the tournament when he lost in a three-way playoff that included winner Tiger Woods and Nathan Green. Green was eliminated after the first hole and Olazabal lost on the second after missing a 3-foot par putt to tie the hole. Playoff record dropped to 0-2 and it was the second straight season that he has lost in a playoff (2005 BellSouth Classic)...Second top-10 of the season was a seventh-place finish at THE PLAYERS Championship. It marked his best effort at the TPC Sawgrass in 13 starts...Two-time past Masters champion posted low final round, a 6-under-par 66, to finish T3...In seventh Ryder Cup appearance for the victorious European squad, compiled a 3-0-0 record to extend career record to 18-8-5. 2005: Finished in the top-10 six times in 16 starts, including losing in a five-way playoff at the BellSouth Classic...Recorded third consecutive top-10 with a T2 at the weather-shortened, 54-hole BellSouth Classic. Missed 5-foot birdie putt on the 54th hole, which would have given him the win. Instead headed into a five-way playoff at 8-under 208 with winner Phil Mickelson, Arjun Atwal, Rich Beem and Brandt Jobe. Missed another putt inside 5 feet on the first extra hole that would have produced the win and was eventually eliminated on the third extra hole...Just the second time in his TOUR career he has posted three consecutive top-10s. He ran off five in a row in the early part of the 2002 season...Finished T3 at the British Open at St. Andrews. It was his second top-10 in 15 British Open appearances (3rd, 1992). He was a late addition to the field in St. Andrews after Seve Ballesteros withdrew. It was his best finish in a major since he finished fourth at the 2002 Masters...Won on European Tour for the first time in four years with victory at Mallorca Classic in Spain. 2004: Lone top-10 of the season was a T9 at the 84 LUMBER Classic, first top-10 since he finished 10th at the 2003 Memorial Tournament. 2003: Finished T8 at the Masters, his second consecutive top-10 in Augusta and his seventh overall there. Also recorded 13th top-15 finish in 16 career Masters...Finished solo 10th at the Memorial Tournament, aided by a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 in the third round, played in cold and wet conditions with winds up to 35 mph. Only round in the 60s on the day. 2002: Had a career year with seven top-10s and a victory...Captured sixth career TOUR victory at the Buick Invitational, becoming the first player to win a TOUR event after being "on the cutline" (1-under-par 143) since Mike Sullivan at the 1989 Independent Insurance Agent Open. Erased a four-shot deficit with a final-round 65 to top J.L. Lewis and Mark O'Meara by one stroke, and joined Gary Player (1963) as only foreign-born champion in tournament's 50-year history...Finished second in the West Coast Swing presented by The St. Paul...Earned then-career-best $1,987,027, doubling his career season high on TOUR of $969,900 in 1994. 2001: First year as full-time TOUR member...In 36-hole finish, earned 19th career European Tour victory at French Open. 2000: Split time between European Tour and PGA TOUR...On European Tour, won the Benson & Hedges International Open...On PGA TOUR, missed the cut at the THE PLAYERS Championship and Masters, but rebounded later with T12 at the U.S. Open and T4 at the PGA. 1999: Completed one of the greatest triumphs over adversity when he added a second green jacket to the Masters title he won five years earlier. Finished two shots ahead of Davis Love III for an emotional victory, four years after watching the Masters from his bed due to back problem. 1998: Captured the Dubai Desert Classic. 1997: After 18-month absence, during which he could not get out of bed, returned to European Tour at the Dubai Classic. He then won the Turespana Masters-Open de Canarias in his third tournament back. 1996: Started back therapy by Munich doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt and what was believed to be a foot problem was diagnosed as a back ailment. 1995: Withdrew from the Ryder Cup suffering from a foot problem, initially diagnosed as rheumatoid polyarthritis in three joints of right foot and two in left. 1994: Won Masters by three strokes over third-round leader Tom Lehman, shooting final-round 69 to Lehman's 72. Moved into contention with third-round 69, to pull within one stroke of Lehman, who also shot 69 on Saturday...Later that season, won second NEC World Series of Golf by one over Scott Hoch -- giving him his only multiple win season on PGA TOUR. 1991: Second PGA TOUR victory came at The INTERNATIONAL. 1990: First victory on PGA TOUR came in record fashion at the NEC World Series of Golf. Opened with course-record 61, then added three consecutive 67s for tournament records following each round. Led Hale Irwin by eight strokes heading into final round and won by 12. 1987: Made debut in Ryder Cup at age 21. During storied Ryder Cup career, teamed with countryman Seve Ballesteros for pairing with most Ryder Cup victories (11-2-2 record). 1986: Won European Tour Qualifying School and claimed first European Tour title. Amateur: Won the British Boys, Youths and Amateur titles-the latter beating Colin Montgomerie in the final.


Born the day after a golf course opened next door (Real GC de San Sebastian) where grandfather was greenskeeper. Mother and father also worked there. When grandfather died, Jose's father, Gaspar, took his place as greenskeeper. Father received a club to cut down and Jose, at age 2, used it to hit balls. Mother would take him out on golf course late in the afternoon starting at age 6...Sometimes called "Chemma," a short way to say Jose Maria in Spanish.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record


National Teams

Ryder Cup (7), 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2006.