Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/29/11
JOSE Maria Olazabal has a hard act to follow when he captains Europe in their defence of the Ryder Cup in Chicago next September. But, in addition to having witnessed the job that Colin Montgomerie did in Wales, the double Masters champion will also try to put into practice all he learned from the late Seve Ballesteros. Together, of course, they were the most feared partnership in Ryder Cup history 11 wins and only two losses in 15 games and left nobody in any doubt about how much the match meant to them. Then in 1997 at Valderrama, Olazabal played under Ballesteros and helped Europe achieve another famous victory. He was only 31 at the time, but had been through so much. No wonder the tears flowed only a year earlier he had feared his future would be in a wheelchair because of rheumatoid polyarthritis. Who knows what else he would have gone on to achieve but for a condition that still afflicts him, but after two more caps as a player in 1999 and 2006, being awarded the captain...
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