Olazabal speeds leaving Masters, gets $621 ticket
Tuesday , April 10, 2012 - 1:56 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- Speeding between the Masters and his next tournament cost Jose Maria Olazabal $621 when a Georgia sheriff's deputy pulled him over for driving 97 mph on a rural highway.
Olazabal agreed to follow a deputy to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office and pay the speeding ticket in cash to settle the matter after he was stopped Monday afternoon traveling from Augusta to Hilton Head, S.C., for the Heritage tournament, sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said.
Ehsanipoor said Tuesday that Olazabal "apologized, he was cooperative and after the paperwork was done he went on his way."
He says the deputy clocked Olazabal's Mercedes exceeding the posted limit of 65 mph on the rural stretch of Ga. 21, a divided four-lane highway near the Georgia-South Carolina state line.
Olazabal's manager, Sergio Gomez, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
The golfer wasn't jailed but his mug shot was taken. Ehsanipoor says the sheriff's department photographs everyone who is brought in on a criminal charge or citation.
A native of Spain, Olazabal has six PGA tour wins since he turned pro in 1985. He won the Masters in 1994 and 1995.