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The memory of Ballesteros inspired the team in Sunday’s dramatic singles, which Europe won 8 1/2-3 1/2 to engineer Europe’s biggest turnaround in the event’s history, matching that of the U.S at Brookline in 1999.
Honoring the memory of Ballesteros was a motivating factor behind Europe’s recovery. But Olazabal’s influence was also crucial.
“Jose Maria has lived for this game all his life and more than anything this competition,” said Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium, who flanked Olazabal at a news conference at Heathrow airport, with the Ryder Cup placed in front of them. “He made it clear to us this thing here is very, very special.
“Everyone looked at each other and understood the importance of this cup in this man’s life. At some stage during the week, you looked at this guy’s eyes, and they were just how they were when he played. Every time he went out with Seve into the storm, everybody saw these two men were very special and how big a deal this cup was.”
Colsaerts was one of four players in their 20s in Europe’s team, along with Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari. With the likes of Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell still having plenty of Ryder Cups left in them and young players such as Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and Matteo Manassero of Italy considered stars of the future, Europe looks well stocked.
“You don’t know what the future will bring _ who would have thought we would have players like Rory or Nicolas seven years ago?” Olazabal said. “That’s the beauty of the European Tour. It always produces great players.”
By John McAfee
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