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1994: Jose Maria Olazabal second Spaniard to win Masters

Posted March 23, 2012 10:03 pm |

1994: Jose Maria Olazabal second Spaniard to win Masters

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    Front Page of The Augusta Chronicle after the 1994 Masters Tournament

Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal joined countryman Seve Ballesteros as a Masters champion with his win in 1994, extending Europe's dominance at Augusta National Golf Club.

Olazabal and Ballesteros made their mark in international golf, forming the cornerstone of Europe's Ryder Cup teams for more than a decade. Both Spaniards also enjoyed success at the Masters, where they used their imaginative short games to full advantage.

In 1994, Olazabal used a note from Ballesteros as the impetus to overtake Tom Lehman to win his first major championship.

``It was very nice,'' Olazabal said of the letter left in his locker Sunday morning. ``Seve has had a great influence on me. He's given me courage and confidence to keep on playing.''

Trailing Lehman by one shot, Olazabal caught the American with a birdie on the par-5 8th. Olazabal went ahead for good after Lehman made bogey on No. 12 and Larry Mize did the same on No. 14.

The decisive blow came on the par-5 15th when the Spaniard sank a 30-foot eagle putt from the front of the green. Lehman's bid for eagle just missed from 15 feet, securing Olazabal's victory.

1994 Masters

 PlayerFR1R2R3R4 Earn.
1J. Olazabal-974676969 $360,000
2Tom Lehman-770706972 $216,000
3Larry Mize-668717271 $136,000
4Tom Kite-569727171 $96,000
5Jay Haas-372727269 $73,000
5Jim McGovern-372707172 $73,000
5Loren Roberts-375687270 $73,000
8Ernie Els-274677471 $60,000
8Corey Pavin-271727370 $60,000
10Ian Baker-Finch-171717174 $50,000
10Ray Floyd-170747172 $50,000
10John Huston-172727469 $50,000