Olazabal Wins Asturias Prize

Jose Maria Olazabal has won the Iberian nation's most prestigious sports award, the Prince of Asturias prize, after he captained Europe's Ryder Cup team to a stunning win against United States last year.

The 17 member jury who considered nineteen nominations from 12 different countries said of the winner, "One of the best golfers in history, with two Masters titles at Augusta and four Ryder Cup wins, a competition in which he also showed his leadership qualities, as captain helping the Europe team to an epic comeback in 2012".

The team’s successful defence of the trophy at Medinah country club looked unlikely as they trailed the US 10 points to 6 going into the final day. It was Olazabal who is credited with engineering what is the greatest Ryder Cup comeback.

As a Ryder Cup player he was a winner on seven occasions from 1987 to 2006 and formed a famous partnership with his friend and compatriot Seve Ballesteros. The 47-year-old Olazabal is seen as a "worthy successor" to the iconic late Spanish golfer who won the award in 1989.

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