Captain’s for the the Seve Trophy presented by Golf+


I am delighted to announce Spain’s José María Olazábal and Sam Torrance of Scotland as the captains for The Seve Trophy presented by Golf+. I have selected the duo to lead the respective Continental Europe and Great Britain and Ireland teams in the newly-named contest – formerly the Vivendi Seve Trophy – which will be played at St-Nom-La Bretèche Golf Club in France from October 3rd- 6th 2013. They are two men I have the utmost respect for and who I’ve benefitted from over the years. I know they will do a fine job. I have shared many special moments with both of them but obviously, having Sam as captain for my Ryder Cup debut in 2002 was particularly memorable, as was being one of José María’s vice-captains for that extraordinary week at Medinah last year.

I have said many times that this is a tournament close to my heart, both as a player and as a captain, and I am delighted that all the parties involved have worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure this year’s event will go ahead. From a playing perspective in particular, it gives the players vital insight into the pressures associated with being part of a team and therefore having other guys depending on you.

It is totally different to the normal pressures of week in-week out tournament golf and, as a result, the younger players especially benefit from having experienced captains to steer them through. Therefore, I can say for certain, that the 20 guys who eventually make this year’s teams will learn a lot from José María and Sam, as I have done.

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