AUGUSTA, Ga. – Wearing blue and white – Seve’s colours – in honor of the late Spaniard, Jose Maria Olazabal gave Ballesteros, who died 10 years in the past and would’ve turned 64 on Friday, a pleasant birthday present.
At 55 years previous, Olazabal didn’t simply make his first reduce at the Masters Tournament since 2014, the two-time green-jacket winner made his first worldwide reduce since March 2015.
“I know that making the cut is not such an extraordinary thing,” Olazabal stated, “but I want to dedicate this accomplishment to him and all those people who have left us over the last year.”
That listing included Olazabal’s longtime supervisor, Sergio Gomez, who had been coming to Augusta National with him since 1985 and died final yr. As he continued, Olazabal began to get choked up and started to cry.
“I think Seve would be happy,” he continued. “I miss not having him here for a big hug. I’m a little emotional. I have to say wholeheartedly that making the cut has been a primary goal in recent years. When you see the years going by and you don’t get it, it gets tough.”
Olazabal, who gained at Augusta National in 1994 and ’99, completed 36 holes at 2 over and earned a ten:50 a.m. ET beginning time Saturday alongside one other Masters champ, Patrick Reed.