Olazabal revels in 'extraordinary' fight

Blackpool Citizen: Jose Maria Olazabal hailed Europe's Ryder Cup victory as 'amazing' Jose Maria Olazabal hailed Europe's Ryder Cup victory as 'amazing'

European captain Jose Maria Olazabal hailed his team's Ryder Cup comeback as "extraordinary" as he claimed the drama of the final day of competition made him feel "alive".

The European team came from 10-4 down at one point, and 10-6 down going into the singles matches, to clinch a remarkable win at Medinah by 14 1/2 points to 13 1/2.

Olazabal told a press conference at Heathrow: "(Being captain) is difficult, in a way it's torture. It's really tough on your nerves, but that's the beauty of the Ryder Cup. It's a huge adrenaline flow and that's what we live for to be honest - the pressure, the tension, the adrenaline flow makes us feel alive."

The Spaniard added: "I don't know if it's (the comeback) a miracle, but it's something extraordinary to be honest. We haven't seen that before. What the players achieved that day was just amazing. It's up to you to decide if it's the greatest moment or the greatest comeback in history but they (the players) deserve all the credit.

The captain has been inundated by messages of congratulation from the likes of Rafael Nadal and also the King of Spain. "He was, like me, pretty much over the moon," said Olazabal. "That was a nice one."

Olazabal revealed there was one moment on Sunday when he could sense victory was within reach. "Saturday afternoon was crucial, those last two matches were crucial for the outcome of the cup," he said.

"But it's true on Sunday there was a moment which was quite special. I was standing on the 12th tee waiting for Lee to come on to the tee and I looked at the board and at that point all five matches had already been won by Europe."

He added: "Lee came on to the tee and asked how we were doing. I had done my maths and knew we still had a chance of winning it and I had to walk away, I was very emotional at that point."

Olazabal confirmed he would not be looking to take on the captaincy again, saying: "I can assure you that's going to be a no, period."

He claimed there were plenty of other worthy candidates, pointing to the likes of Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Paul Lawrie, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington. "It would be unfair of me to just name one for the next Ryder Cup," he said. "All of them deserve that position."

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