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José Maria Olazábal

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (52) / 2/5/1966
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 172

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Two-time champion Jose Maria Olazabal is back at the Masters, after missing last year’s tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club for health reasons.
The notion that ANGC is a second shot golf course was never better demonstrated than in the log book of Olazabal during his glory days. Between 1989 and 2003 he made 15 starts, finished T15 or better 12 times and claimed those two wins in 1994 and 1999. He even threw in a blast-from-the-past T3 in 2006. Since then, however, time has taken its toll on a body that was never the strongest. He’s on a run of 3-for-8 at the course, with a best of T34 three years ago. He joined the Champions Tour this season and has opened with finishes of T41-T40-T66, but his chances of making the weekend are not good given that his Greens in Regulation rankings are all worse than his FPs. He’ll needed more than that this week. Tue, Apr 4, 2017 05:41:00 AM

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José María Olazábal has confirmed he will not play in the Masters next month because of health reasons.

The Spaniard has been forced to decline his invitation to the season’s first Major, having not played competitive golf since the second round at Augusta National last year. The 50 year old has won the Green Jacket twice, in 1994 and 1999, and has amassed eight top ten finishes from his 27 appearances. "I am sorry to announce that I’m unable to attend this year as I am not feeling well," said Olazábal in a press release. "It’s been very tough being at home these last few months doing nothing. I have regular tests and they show some improvement, which is a good sign, but the main thing is to get rid of pain. It’s a slow process and I have to be very patient."
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 07:11:00 AM

José Maria Olazábal was the last European to win the Masters and returns to Augusta National to make his 27th start.

Olazábal won the green jacket in 1994 and 1999 -- the latter giving Europe an 11th win in 20 years before the current drought set in -- and also made the top four in 1991, 2002 and 2006. Four missed cuts from 2008 suggested he was no longer competitive at ANGC but the Spaniard has made the weekend in each of the last two years. He was T50 in 2013 and improved to T34 last year. He arrives at this year's Masters on the back of an encouraging T9 in the Trophee Hassan II on his last start.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 06:03:00 PM

José Maria Olazábal makes his annual pilgrimage to Augusta National Golf Club for his 26th Masters.

Olazábal tied for 50th in 2013, securing a cut for the first time since his T44 in 2007. There was once a time where he was dominant on the hallowed grounds, winning in 1994 and 1999 to go with three other top-four finishes. His value is limited to deeper games, especially those where you have to select players out of certain pools.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 08:57:00 PM

José Maria Olazábal has twice won the green jacket and is back for another go at the Masters.

The Spaniard first conquered Augusta National in 1994, and did so again in 1999. He’s seen his game slip in the last five years, failing to record a weekend finish since his T44 in 2007. With a reputation for his touch on and around the undulating greens, he is now known to mentor his younger countrymen in practice rounds as was the case with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Alvaro Quiros in 2012.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 10:10:00 PM

Jose Maria Olazabal is paired with Branden Grace and Matt Dobyns for the first two rounds of next week's PGA Championship.

The threesome is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 7:50 a.m. ET on Thursday. Their second-round tee time on Friday is 1:00 p.m. on the first tee. Olazabal will be making his 21st start in the season's final major. He hasn't cracked the top 35 since a T4 in 2000. Since we last checked in on the Spaniard, Rotoworld has learned that he no longer has a Major Medical Extension on the PGA TOUR due to his regular schedule abroad, primarily on his home circuit of the European Tour.
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 05:54:00 PM

At 8-over-par 77-73=150, Jose Maria Olazabal will miss the cut at the RBC Heritage.

The news pales in comparison to his recent arrest in Georgia for driving 97 mph in a 65-mph zone. That was on Monday afternoon. In two rounds at Harbour Town, he hit just 14 greens and buried three birdies, not enough to offset five bogeys and three doubles. This leaves him with 10 starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $527,916 and retain status.
Fri, Apr 13, 2012 06:30:00 PM

Jose Maria Olazabal completed 36 holes of the Masters in 7-over-par 76-75=151 and will miss the cut.

He split 17 (of 28) fairways but found only 17 greens over two rounds. So, while he circled an eagle and three birdies, he also swallowed eight bogey and two doubles. This leaves him with 11 starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $527,916 and retain status.
Fri, Apr 6, 2012 04:45:00 PM

Jose Maria Olazabal completed The Honda Classic in 12-over-par 292 to finish alone in 74th place.

Ollie survived his second cut in as many starts on the PGA TOUR this year, but finished third-from-last at PGA National due to a 74-78 weekend. He banked $10,944, leaving him with 12 starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $527,916 and retain status.
Sun, Mar 4, 2012 06:09:00 PM

Jose Maria Olazabal shared 63rd place at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at 4-over-par 72-72-74-70=288.

In his first appearance at the tournament, the Spaniard ranked second-to-last in fairways hit (24 of 56) and last in greens in regulation (36 of 72), but he checked in at seventh in putting (1.667). The $7,733.00 paycheck is his first on the PGA TOUR since last year's Reno-Tahoe Open. He now has 13 starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension to earn $538,860 and retain status. He's scheduled to make his debut at the Honda Classic on Thursday.
Sun, Feb 26, 2012 07:15:00 PM

Jose Maria Olazabal has 14 starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension to earn $546,593 and retain status.

This is for housecleaning purposes only. Ollie hasn't played the PGA TOUR full-time since 2007, and don't expect that to change this year even though he made 22 starts worldwide in 2011. He'll likely make his annual trip to Augusta National for the Masters where he's exempt, but his schedule will grow busy as the days count down to the Ryder Cup where he's Europe's captain. Olazabal will turn 46 years of age in February.
Sun, Jan 1, 2012 08:36:00 PM

Jose Maria Olazabal shot 16-over-par 78-78=156 at the PGA Championship, and will miss the cut.

The Spaniard managed four birdies, but came nowhere near offsetting 14 bogeys and three doubles. He's now 1-for-6 on the PGA TOUR this year, leaving him with 14 starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $546,593 and retain status.
Fri, Aug 12, 2011 02:47:00 PM

Jose Maria Olazabal shot even-par 72-73-68-75=288 at the Reno-Tahoe Open to share 63rd place with three others.

Ollie made the cut on the number to secure his first paycheck on the PGA TOUR since the St. Jude Classic in June 2009. That was his last of four starts on the circuit that year, and he sat out all of 2010 with chronic rheumatism and tendinitis. The RTO was his fifth start this year, and he'll be teeing it up outside Atlanta for next week's PGA Championship as well. The Spaniard earned $6,330.00 in Nevada, leaving him with 15 starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $546,593 and retain status.
Sun, Aug 7, 2011 09:38:00 PM

Jose Maria Olazabal arrived at the halfway point of The Greenbrier Classic in 6-over-par 73-73=146, and will miss the cut.

The Spaniard split 11 (of 14) fairways in each round, but managed only nine greens in each. He's no longer a full-timer on the PGA TOUR, but he still has 16 starts remaining on a Major Medical Extension to earn $552,923 and retain status.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 01:32:00 PM

Jose Maria Olazabal shot 6-over-par 74-72=146 at the RBC Canadian Open, and will miss the cut.

This is just his third start on the PGA TOUR this year, but he's missed the cut in all of them. The Spaniard missed 22 greens in regulation, so that he had only seven bogeys and a double speaks to his timeless short game. Nevertheless, it leaves him with 17 starts on a Major Medical Extension to earn $552,923 and retain status. He'll try again at next week's Greenbrier Classic.
Fri, Jul 22, 2011 08:58:00 PM