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José María Olazábal

Born to Golf

José Maria Olazabal has dedicated his life to golf.  A great lover of the Ryder Cup, he was a part of the best team in the history of the tournament with Severiano Ballesteros.  Together they won 11 victories out of 15 matches played.

A brilliant career

As a child, José Maria Olazabal already knew by heart the golf course maintained by his father; it was his favorite playground.  At two years old he already played with golf clubs and his passion for the sport has never left.  When he was 19 he became a professional player, playing 29 tournaments during the 25 years of his career.  He was notably the winner of the Master in 1994 and 1999.  José Maria Olazabal was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009, the ultimate recognition for a golfer.

A regular at the Ryder Cup

He participated in his first Ryder Cup in 1987, with Severiano Ballesteros.  There they won their first victory together.  It was also the first time that the European team triumphed on American soil.  Since then José Maria Olazabal has participated in 6 Ryder Cup tournaments and has won 2, in 1997 and 2006.  During these Ryder Cups he has built an impressive record with 18 matches won! In 2010, José Maria Olazabal became the Ambassador of Golf for Nespresso.

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