On this day, In 1986 Jośe Maria Olazabal wins his first European Tour event at the Ebel European Masters Swiss Open

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Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain in action during the British Open Golf Championship held at the Turnberry Golf Resort in Scotland, circa July 1986. (Photo by Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Spanish great Jose Maria Olazabal earned his maiden victory on this day 30 years ago…

Published: September 7th, 2016 – On this day Spanish golfing champion Jose Maria Olazabal earned his first victory on the European Tour at the ripe age of twenty.  The win came at now what we call the Omega European Masters which was called the Ebel European Masters Swiss Open in 1986 when Olazabal outlasted Swedens Anders Forsband by three strokes to win the title.  He miraculously opened the tournament with a 64 and followed that up with three 66’s on his card to guide him to the win.  He finished with an aggregate score of 262 and -26 under par.

This of course was just the start to a glorious career by any regard for Olazabal.  He would go on to win The Masters twice in the 90’s in 1994 & 1999 while also winning a handful of other tournaments on the PGA Tour.  Being a mainstay on the European Tour he amassed a total of 30 professional wins overall and developed a close partnership with countryman Seve Ballesteros during the Ryder Cup.

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