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Meet the Ryder Cup Captains

Jose Maria Olazabal for Team Europe and Davis Love III for Team USA: They are the captains of the 2012 Ryder Cup teams.

Olazabal and Love share a long history of winning golf tournaments, of being passionate Ryder Cup players, and both have reputations for being among the gentlemen of the game.

As Ryder Cup players, Olazabal has one of the best records: 18-8-5, a .661 winning percentage. That includes an 11-2-2 record as a partner to Seve Ballesteros in fourballs and foursomes.

Love’s player record was 9-12-5, a .442 winning percentage, and one of the reasons for the big gap in winning percentages is that Olazabal and Love faced one another in Ryder Cup matches five times (none of them singles – all team), with Olazabal’s side winning four of the five.

Check out our Davis Love III bio and Jose Maria Olazabal bio pages for more about each.

And when we say “meet the captains,” we’re not just talking about this year’s captains. View our Ryder Cup Captains page for the full list of every golfer who has served as a team captain, plus a few captain-related records.

See also:
History and records of Ryder Cup captains’ picks

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