Olazabal captains Europe vs. Asia at Royal Trophy

Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal will lead Europe against

Asia at next year’s Royal Trophy, which is being dedicated to Seve

Ballesteros.

Europe will vie for its fifth win in six editions at the Dec.

14-16 event at Brunei’s Empire Hotel and Country Club, where

five-time major winner Ballesteros will be remembered after the

Spanish great’s death from cancer in May.

Olazabal, who replaced event-founder Ballesteros as captain in

2009, says this tournament is ”extremely meaningful to me … this

will be a very important occasion.”

Spanish pair Olazabal and Ballesteros formed the most successful

partnership in Ryder Cup history.

Olazabal is captaining Europe’s defense of the Ryder Cup in

Medinah, Illinois, in September 2012.