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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
By United Press International

Seve Cup golf tournament tied 9-9

PARIS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The team from Great Britain and Ireland won three late matches at the Seve Cup Saturday and pulled even with Continental Europe 9-9.

Lahiri, with two eagles, takes European Masters lead

CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Anirban Lahiri, with two eagles during a five-hole span Thursday, grabbed the first-round lead at the European Tour's Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

Paul Casey's final-hole eagle caps comeback Irish Open victory

MAYNOOTH, Ireland, June 30 (UPI) -- Paul Casey's eagle on the 18th hole capped a round of a 5-under 67 and completed a rally that lifted him to a three-stroke victory at the Irish Open Sunday.
Rock, Uihlein share Irish Open lead

Rock, Uihlein share Irish Open lead

MAYNOOTH, Ireland, June 28 (UPI) -- Robert Rock used a 6-under-par 66 Friday to pull into a tie for the lead with Peter Uihlein halfway through the European Tour's Irish Open.

Oscar Floren leads at Irish Open

MAYNOOTH, Ireland, June 27 (UPI) -- Oscar Floren had an eagle en route to 6-under-par 66 Thursday in taking the lead in first-round play of the European Tour's Irish Open.

Raphael Jacquelin triumphs over 9-hole playoff at Spanish Open

VALENCIA, Spain, April 21 (UPI) -- Raphael Jacquelin's birdie putt on the ninth playoff hole Sunday lifted him over Maximilian Kieffer in a marathon finish at the Spanish Open.

Colomo has lead at Hong Kong Open

HONG KONG, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Javier Colomo closed fast Thursday in grabbing a one-stroke lead after Thursday's play at the European PGA's UBS Hong Kong Open.
Donaldson rides record to Euro Tour lead

Donaldson rides record to Euro Tour lead

SHANGHAI, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Jamie Donaldson set a course record with a 10-under-par 62 in building a four-stroke lead in Thursday's play of the European Tour's BMW Masters in Shanghai.
Stricker among those on Ryder Cup team

Stricker among those on Ryder Cup team

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- World No. 10-ranked golfer Steve Stricker was among four players added Tuesday to the U.S. team for the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Colsaerts, Poulter fill Europe Ryder team

Colsaerts, Poulter fill Europe Ryder team

PERTH, Scotland, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Nicolas Colsaerts and Ian Poulter were added Monday to the European team for the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Lawrie cruises to Johnnie Walker title

AUCHTERARDER, Scotland, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Paul Lawrie cruised to his second title of the season Sunday, registering a 4-under 68 for a four-shot win at the Johnnie Walker Championship.

Harrington grabs PGA playoff lead

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Padraig Harrington, hoping to grab a spot on the European Ryder Cup team, shot a 7-under 64 Thursday that put him one shot in front at The Barclays.

Colsaerts, Grace share lead at Volvo Golf

GEORGE, South Africa, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Nicolas Colsaerts and Braden Grace are tied for the lead after Saturday's third-round play at the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions event in South Africa.

Grace grabs lead at Volvo Golf Champions

GEORGE, South Africa, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Branden Grace, who won the European Tour's Joburg Open last week, jumped into the lead Friday after two rounds of the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa.
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Jose Maria Olazabal
Spanish golfer Jose Maria Olazabal hits to the 16th green in the third round of the British Open championship on the Old Course of St. Andrews on July 16, 2005. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

José María Olazábal Manterola (Spanish pronunciation: , Basque: ; born 5 February 1966) is a Spanish professional golfer who has enjoyed success on both the European Tour and the PGA Tour, and has won two major championships.

Olazábal was born in Hondarribia, a town in the Basque Autonomous Region of Spain. He burst onto the golf scene in 1985 as a junior, winning The (British) Amateur Championship aged eighteen. Then, in his rookie professional season of 1986, he finished second on the European Tour Order of Merit aged just twenty. In his first nine seasons, he finished in the top 10 every year except two, including another second place in 1989, and he was a regular member of the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings (over 300 weeks). Had Olazábal beaten Ian Woosnam at The Masters in 1991 (he finished second) he would have become the World number one. He was unable to play in 1996 due to a foot injury but he recovered and recorded further top ten placings in the Order of Merit in 1997, 1999 and 2000. He has more than twenty career titles on this tour.

Both of Olazábal's majors have come in the United States, namely The Masters in 1994 and 1999. These wins make him the only winner of The Amateur Championship since World War II to have gone on to win a professional major. He has been highly placed in The Masters on a number of other occasions. Olazábal shares the record for the lowest round in the PGA Championship (63), which he accomplished in the third round at Valhalla Golf Club in 2000.

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