We couldn’t let Ol­lie down, says Col­saerts

GOLF

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 -

NI­CO­LAS COL­SAERTS has re­vealed the whole of Europe’s suc­cess­ful Ry­der Cup team knew ex­actly what re­tain­ing the tro­phy would mean to their cap­tain Jose Maria Olaz­a­bal.

The 46-year-old Spa­niard mas­ter­minded the big­gest fight­back in Ry­der Cup his­tory as Europe re­cov­ered from 10-6 down against the United States to win at Me­d­i­nah.

Bel­gian Col­saerts, 29, said: “Jose is a very pas­sion­ate man and has an un­be­liev­able size of heart.

“He has lived for this game all of his life – and more than any­thing this com­pe­ti­tion.

“He made clear to us that this thing was go­ing to be very, very, very spe­cial to him – so ev­ery­body looked at each other and un­der­stood the im­por­tance of this cup in this man’s life.”

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