Olazabal named as European Ryder Cup captain

by Derek on January 18, 2011

in Ryder Cup

Jose Maria Olazabal

Jose Maria Olazabal was named today as the European captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.  Olazabal has played in 7 Ryder Cups, and been the European vice-captain for the past 2 teams.

He was such a unanimous choice that the Europeans didn’t even bother voting on it before naming him as captain. Europe is hoping that he can carry his record as a player forward as the team leader (18 wins, 8 losses, 5 draws).

Olazabal told reporters:

This is a huge responsibility to be the next captain, and also, I have to say that it’s I think one of the biggest challenges, if not the biggest challenge I will have in my career, especially at this time of my career.  All I can say is that I will try to do the best that I can, try to be close to the players.

Davis Love III is expected to be announced as the US captain on Thursday.  Like Olazabal, Love was a vice-captain in last year’s Ryder Cup.


[Image Flickr/rgusick]


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