Jose Olazabal Returns?





Jose Olazabal Returns

Jose Olazabal Returns

Jose Maria Olazabal returns to action for one week only admitting that his battle with rheumatism has to put a question mark over him becoming Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain.

The Alstom French Open at Le Golf National near Paris is Olazabal’s first event since last October and it is also likely to be his last for a few months.

“I’m giving it a try this week, but it’s definitely the rest of the summer off,” said the 44-year-old, whose problems go back to the mid-1990s when he could not play for 18 months and feared his future would be in a wheelchair.

“I feel better, but still have pain in my shoulders. It’s just a game of wait and see, but it feels like a slow process – it feels like the finishing line is near, but you never get to it.”

Olazabal is favourite to succeed Colin Montgomerie following October’s match at Celtic Manor, but part of the reason for appointing Montgomerie was that he is still a Tour regular.

“Sure I want it,” Olazabal told Press Association Sport, “but the decision is not mine and a couple of things have to come into place.

“It depends on my condition more than anything else.”

Montgomerie has stated his desire to have the double Masters champion as one of his assistants, but Olazabal served as Nick Faldo’s vice-captain two years ago and has voiced doubts about doing it again.

“I’ve pretty much made up my mind, but that’s private,” he said. Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn are pencilled in, but Montgomerie is making no announcement until after The Open in two weeks.

“My main target is just to get better,” added Olazabal.