Olazabal keen on captaincy

Spaniard hoping health holds to take up European captaincy

Last Updated: 06/10/10 7:19am

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Jose Maria Olazabal has confirmed he would love to captain Europe in two year's time in Chicago, saying only health concerns could stop him accepting the job as Ryder Cup captain.

The Spaniard was a late addition to Colin Montgomerie's vice-captain line-up at Celtic Manor, and helped the Europeans to a narrow victory to regain the Ryder Cup.

Monty wasted no time in backing Olazabal for the job of captaining Europe at Medinah in 2012, and players such as Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald have already said he would be the unanimous choice.

Olazabal was also an assistant to Nick Faldo at Valahalla two years ago, and says he would love the chance to take the main job, providing his health stands up to the task.

The veteran of eight Ryder Cups as a player, Olazabal has struggled with rheumatoid arthritis in recent years and says he would have to be playing alongside his potential team to consider taking up the role.


"It's been mentioned by the players and by Monty and we talked about it a little, but there is just one issue and that is my health," Olazabal told SkySports News. "I would love to do it, but you have to fulfil certain things.

"For instance I think you need to be close to the players and play with them during the qualifying process, compete with them if possible, and that's why it is the only question mark, but time will tell."

And if his health was okay and he was asked? "There's only one answer - yes.

"It's always an honour to represent the European Tour and an entire continent, it has always been this way and it will always be like this."

Olazabal was involved behind the scenes on European soil for the first time, and voiced his appreciation for the fans at Celtic Manor this weekend.

"It was the first time I have been a vice-captain at the Ryder Cup on this side of the Atlantic and I could feel the difference - the crowd support, the atmosphere," he said.

"The Ryder Cup, I've always said is a special and unique event and it has been great to be a part of it."

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