José María Olazábal


José María Olazábal (born 5 February 1966 in Fuenterrabia, Spain) is a professional golfer who has enjoyed success on both the PGA European Tour and the PGA Tour, and has won two major championships.

Olazábal burst onto the golf scene in 1986, when he finished second on the PGA European Tour order of merit in his first season at the age of twenty. In his first nine seasons, he finished in the top 10 every year except two, including another second place in 1989. He was unable to play in 1996 due to a foot injury but he recovered and recorded further top ten placing in the Order of Merit in 1997, 1999 and 2000. He has more than twenty career titles on this tour.

Olazábal also holds the world record distance for a completed putt. During the 1999 European Ryder Cup team's Concorde flight to the United States, he holed a putt which travelled the full length of the cabin. The ball was in motion for 26.17s, during which time the Concorde, at 1,270mph, travelled 9.232 miles, beating US golfer Brad Faxon's previous record of 8.5 miles, set in 1997.