RYDER CUP: How the captains match up

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How the 2012 Ryder Cup captains match up

FULL NAME

JMO: José María Olazábal Manterola
DL3: Davis Milton Love III

AGE

JMO: 46
DL3: 48

PLACE OF BIRTH

JMO: Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
DL3: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

TURNED PRO

JMO: 1985
DL3: 1985

MAJOR WINS

JMO: 2 (1994 and 1999 Masters)
DL3: 1 (1997 PGA Championship)

CAREER WINS

JMO: 31
DL3: 34

CAREER EARNINGS

JMO: £17.2m
DL3: £26.8m

RYDER CUP APPEARANCES

JMO: Has worn the blue and yellow of Europe seven times (1987-2006)
DL3: He has represented his country six times, winning twice (1993-2004)

OVERALL RECORD

JMO: P31 W18 H5 L8
DL3: P26 W9 H5 L12

FOURBALLS

JMO: P14 W9 H3 L2
DL3: P11 W3 H2 L6

FOURSOMES

JMO: P10 W7 H1 L2
DL3: P9 W3 H1 L5
“I would like nothing better than to compete and play well but the No. 1 goal is to win the Cup back.” – Davis Love III

SINGLES

JMO: P7 W2 H1 L4
DL3: P6 W3 H2 L1

HEAD TO HEAD

JMO: P5 W4 H0 L1
DL3: P5 W1 H0 L4

ON BEING RYDER CUP CAPTAIN

JMO: “The two Masters wins are the highlight of my playing career but this is my proudest moment.”
DL3: “I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled to represent the PGA of America. Thrilled to represent all of the men and women PGA professionals.”

THEIR THOUGHTS ON EACH OTHER

JMO: “Even though we have a lot of respect for each other, we are still competitors. We are going to try to beat each other like hell.”
DL3: “We go way back. We have shared a lot of trials and tribulations through our careers together. He has been a good friend.”

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HOME CROWDS

JMO: “It’s obviously easier when you play at home, with the crowd rooting for you. I have no doubt that the men I take will be ready.”
DL3: “We are excited to be playing at home, certainly. I’ve played on both sides of the pond and it’s certainly easier playing at home.”

ON MEDINAH PREPARATION

JMO: “I don’t think I’m going to force any player to come here and play the course before the tournament. I might pay a visit, though.”
DL3: “I agree with him; I won’t force anybody, but I will be here. I need to get to know the course a little bit better for strategy.”

ANY EXPERIENCE AS A CAPTAIN?

JMO: Yes, was playing captain for Continental Europe in the 2005 Seve Trophy, which he lost.
DL3: No, but was a vice captain at the 2011 Presidents Cup in Australia, which the USA won comfortably.

WOULD THEY HAVE PLAYED IF THEY QUALIFIED?

JMO: “I’m playing as much as I can just to follow my players. I want to make this clear – I can assure you I won’t be playing in it.”
DL3: “I would like nothing better than to compete and play well but the No. 1 goal is to win the Cup back.”

BOOKIES’ VIEW

JMO: Underdog – 8/5 to win the match
DL3: Heavy favourite – odds on to win on home soil

NB – Odds on a tie (with Europe retaining the trophy) are 11/1

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