Jose Maria Olazabal1999 Masters Champion
1994 Masters Champion
Lived on a golf couse as son of Real Sebastian greenkeeper. Took up the game aged four and won the British Boys, Youths and Amateur titles - the latter beating Colin Montgomerie in the final - before turning pro in 1985. Won Q/S and claimed first of 17 European Tour titles in 1986. Ryder Cup debut, age 21, in 1987 and won Masters seven years later.
Withdrew from 1995 Ryder Cup suffering from illness, eventually diagnosed as rheumatoid polyarthritis in three joints of right foot and two in left.Treated by Munich doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt and returned after 18 month absence during which he could not even get out of bed. Shaved head prior to Linde German Masters to honour bet made with manager, Sergio Gomez, that he would carry out that action when he felt completely cured. Added a second Green Jacket with an emotional win in the 1999 Masters at Augusta
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